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おみくじ - Omikuji

When I was in Japan, I paid a visit to a few temples. Whist at one in Asakusa, I thought I'd indulge myself in getting an omikuji (fortune). Omikuji stalls/machines are just about everywhere that there's a temple and the protocol is pretty simple - you pay 100 yen, shake a box of sticks until one falls out, then find your fortune, which will be in a little draw and will match up with the characters on the stick.

Fortunes come in four varieties.


  • Blindingly good luck.
  • Good luck.
  • Not so good luck.
  • Wrist-slittingly bad luck.

It is considered that it's best to get a good luck fortune, as things can get better. However, if you get a blindingly good luck one, things can only get worse, but if you get a bad fortune, you tie it to a tree and let the wind blow it away - which is nice.

So as luck would have it, I got a good fortune. Some of it bore relevance at the time, but reflecting on it now, it becomes even more so. Here's my fortune:

Good Fortune.

"The moon rises in the sky and is gradually getting bright. You will get household goods and your life will be prosperous. Something you've left behind will be completed in the end - then you will be able to be successful.

Your wishes will be realised. A sick person will recover. The lost article will be found. The person you are waiting for will come. Building a new house and removal are good. Marriage and employment are all good. Making a trip is good."


One could be dismissive of this, just as I usually am when someone offers to read Russell Grant's stars to me, but I won't write it off yet. Let's see how this year pads out.

If you'd like an Omikuji for yourself, go here.. *clicky*
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