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Japan’s Top Three Lucky Charms

  • 21
  • 06
  • 2016

To many of us, Japan is shrouded in excitement and mystery. That feeling that Japan holds many secrets adds to its unique charm.

While enjoying the stunning sights of Japan, have you ever approached an omamori, a booth selling objects at a shrine? So often the booth will be bustling with visitors, and you may feel overwhelmed by the huge choices all tightly crammed in while others grab their items knowingly without batting an eye.

Omamori booth

You’re not alone. This can be quite a mind-boggling experience. This post aims to shed some light and unravel the visual complications surrounding omamori booths. Which amulets should you buy? Which will bring you the most luck? Should you grab the attractive and colourful ones? HELP, we hear you scream! Don’t worry, let’s begin unraveling… 

Good luck cat!

This is probably the most recognizable one as this lucky charm has become common all over the world, but do you know where it came from? Centuries ago, a lone, hungry, defeated samurai was battling his way through a dark, rainy night when he spotted a gleaming white cat, poised in a doorway, paw up, as if it were beckoning the samurai forward. He followed and found the home of a priest who furnished him with room and board for the night. Today, Gotokuji Temple honors that cat. This is a charm you definitely want in your household!

Lucky cat

Success Talisman

Who doesn’t want success? This is what makes the success talisman among the most popular omamori. The ‘success’ talisman is likely to be found at almost all Japanese shrines and temples. While ‘success’ may be vague at first glance, it possesses a heavy promise: the user channels his energy into a single goal, and the ‘success’ talisman guarantees it will happen. What you manifest, you will receive. This amulet will often bear the image of an arrow, which is a common symbol in Shintoism for aiming towards a goal. Many people opt to pick one up at a spiritual power spot. Priests at shrines and temples urge carriers to use each talisman for only one goal in order to maximize its power. What goal will you choose?

Japanese talisman

The Money Talisman

Now here’s something we could all do with a bit extra of – money! This omamori comes in the shape of a cute little moneybag, often draped in a gaudy yellow color, all with the intent of helping you achieve financial happiness. You may spot a few of these dangling from briefcases of businessmen striding through Tokyo center. Maybe they owe their success to their amulet.

At some shrines, there are specific money talismans for investments or savings, business deals, or personal finance. At others, there are moneybags that are geared toward luck in finding money, inheritance, or even good deals while shopping. Moral of the story? Choose wisely! Whether or not these talismans help your purse recover more quickly from online shopping splurges remains in question. Wouldn’t that be great, though!

Japan can offer talismans and lucky charms to make every one of your wishes come true. The key is to know what you want and do everything in your power to manifest your thoughts and desires and your wishes will be answered.

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