omikuji

 

“Omikuji” are small pieces of paper on which your fortune is written, and they are available at shrines and temples.

Many people draw an omikuji when they go to worship. Fortunes are described as blessing or curses, and they contain advice regarding things such as health, love, study, and business.

① Draw a lottery stick

You pick the number from the container. Normally they are written on the lottery sticks in the cylindrical container. Shake the container while praying to the god. Turn the container upside down to allow a stick to drop out through the small hole.

② Pay the fee

Tell a shrine or temple attendant your number, and then pay the fee to get the fortune paper.

③ Tie it to a tree branch

After omikuji is read,it is usually tied to a tree branch or other designated place. It’s believed that tying it to a tree branch link the fortune-seeker with a deity, this custom has been passed down from the Edo era (1603-1868) and still continues today.

 

Omikuji are normally written in Japanese but you can read your fortune by those kanji-characters below.

 

大吉 (Dai-kichi) Great blessing – Extreamly good and couldn’t be better

 (Kichi), Blessing – Very good

中吉 (Chu-kichi) Middle blessing –  Good

小吉 (Sho-kichi) Small blessing – Not bad

末吉 (Sue-kichi) Ending blessing – Not very bad

● Kichi fortunes represent happiness.

omikuji

 (Kyo) Curse – Bad

大凶 (Dai-kyo) Great curse –  Very bad

● Kyo fortunes are tought to mean that you have bad luck, while dai-kyo means that your luck couldn’t ba any worse. Some think that getting dai-kyo simply means that things can only get better!


Unique Omikuji

Eto-mikuji (Japanese zodiac omikuji)

The omikuji here comes with a ceramic ornament. You can pick your zodiac.

eto omikuji

 

 

 

 

Toyokuni-jinja Shrine

Access : 10-minute walk from Keihan Shishijo station

Address :

Open : 9:00 to 16:30

Fee : 300yen


Risu no Otuge (A message from a squirrel)

Squirrels are thought to be the god’s messengers at this shirine. The omikuji comes with a squirrel having a cherry blossom.

risu omikuji

Hirano-jinja Shrine

Access : 5-minute walk from Kitano-tenmangu Shrine

Address :

Open : 6:00 to 17:00

Fee : 500yen


Mizura-mikuji

kibune omikuji

This paper fortune can only be read when the paper is placed on the sacred water. Once the paper is dry, the words disappear again as the Kibune Jinja enshrines a water deity.

 

 

 

 

Kibune-jinja Shrine

Access : 30-minute walk from Kibune-guchi station on the Eizan Dentetsu Eizan Line

Address :

Fee : 200yen

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