Omikuji(おみくじ)

Do you know omikuji?

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In shrines in Japan we can find omikuji like this. Omikuji is a fortune about a person’s near future written on a strip of paper. On new year’s day we visit a shrine to make New Year’s wishes for health and happiness and draw an omikuji that tells us a fortune of the new year.

Fortunes are divided into different levels of luck.

大吉 (daikichi) Very good luck

中吉 (chyukichi) Good luck

小吉 (syoukichi) A little luck

末吉 (suekichi) Uncertain luck

凶 (kyou) Bad luck

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大吉 is very good luck, but if you draw it this year your next fortune couldn’t be better than this year’s, so some people say that 中吉 is the best.

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After you read your omikuji you can tie it to a tree or wood in the shrine if you want. It means to form a connection with God. Otherwise you can keep it, because omikuji is a message from God.  Either is fine. When I drew 大吉 I kept it to read it sometimes to make myself happy.

You can find Omikuji whenever you visit shrines, so if  you are interested in it please try!

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