Reblogged: What’s inside a Japanese good luck charm?

One of my favorite conversations with my husband, Hitoshi is hearing how he grew up. What he experienced, the stories he was told, the festivals and celebrations he attended, and what is was like to be part of a multi-generational household are captivating for me. I also love collecting Japanese good luck charms and even though Hitoshi has encouraged me to open one to see what is inside, I never will. Here is a story he wrote on his blog, gozumezu.wordpress.com about his own experience with wanting to open charms despite being warned not to!

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If you have visited Japan, you might have gotten at least one lucky charm or omamori from shrines or temples.

They are usually small bags, smaller than a business card, made out woven cloth. The purpose of charms depends on what you want or where you bought them.

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4 thoughts on “Reblogged: What’s inside a Japanese good luck charm?

    • That’s very interesting! In Japan, you go to a special shrine to pray to do well on exams, another for fertility or an easy pregnancy, another for finding a spouse, etc. At the shrine, you can by little trinkets to carry around with you. My inlaws went to a special temple for a sort of sutra for me when I was pregnant. I got a special picture of a godess and was to wear it inside a particular pair of shorts on specific days while pregnant for an easy birth. Did you do anything special while you were pregnant?

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