Lucky Charm Series – All you can find in Temples and Shrines

As houses of Gods, temples and shrines might be the closet place to the best luck in the Japanese culture. That's why there are all kinds of lucky charms to pray about, buy or check with.


Omamori is one of the lucky charms that are sold at shrines and temples. Omamori is usually a silk brocade bag with an incantation sealed inside. It comes with different color for prayers tied to specific luck in love, longevity, good grades, safe driving and anything else that you can imagine. The rule is not to open which is considered bad luck to see what's written inside.

Omikuji are paper fortunes found at temples and shrines in Japan. They are stored in a specially designed box. When you shake the box, only one stick will fall out. And the staff will give you matched omikuji when you turn in the stick. Omikuji is a paper with explanations and guidance of your luck in all life aspects. About half of the bucket predict good fortune and the other half for misfortune. If you get a bad one, it is a custom to leave the omikuji behind. Check out this short video to learn more

The other lucky charm common in Japanese temples and shrines is ema, which are wooden boards for purchase to write people's prayers or wishes on. Ema with wishes can be found hanging at the entrance area of a temple or shrine. Originally, it develops from a custom of donating horses to shrines.

Last but not least in our article today, mini shrines are obviously good to represent blessings and fortunes.

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