You can pick or drew “Omikuji” in Shinto shrines or temples all across Japan.Omikuji is a written divination about your near future on a piece of paper,which is a prediction from the gods.You can think of it as a kind of fortune telling.It used to be called “Mikuji” ,after that, we put an honorific word”O” on the front of the name. Omikuji has two different types of Kanji characters between the shrine’ s one and the temple’s one.Both Kanji have many strokes,which impress the politeness and seriousness.
When Nyapan finds Omikuji in shrines or temples, I always pick it.I think women who like fortune telling do the same thing!
I enjoy seeing what it tells me about my fortune and
friends, and as a result of it ,we show it off or make fun of each other^^ This is a part of fun by checking if you are lucky or unlucky with friends.
Omikuji fortunes are divided into different levels of luck and misfortune.I show you the list below:
・大吉 Daikichi :Excellent luck ・吉 Kichi:Good luck
・中吉 Chukchi:Middle luck・小吉 Shokichi:A little luck・末吉 Suekichi:future luck・凶 Kyo:Bad luck
If you get”大吉Daikichi”, you’re surely”Super lucky!!” with loud laughter.But if you get ”凶Kyo”,you’re unhappy and give a tsk-tsk.And Omikuji shows not only those results but also shows your fortune in detail, like “Will my dream come true?,Will the person I'm waiting for come? , Am I able to find things I lost? Is traveling good? ,Can I marry?” and so on.There are cases,
even if you get the excellent luck of “大吉Daikich”, it sometimes tells you negative aspects,such as “it’s hard to find a missing thing”, “a person never comes though you are waiting”.On the other hand, the bad luck of ”凶 Kyo” sometimes tells you good things like “ your hope will come later”, so that you can find a little hope.In short, you should read its contents.
That said,when I get ”凶 Kyo”,my friends cheer me up with grinning “Getting 凶 Kyo is a rare case, so you should think it might be the luck of the draw!” .…then I say them”I don't want to use up all my luck for something like this!”. My grandmother often told me that the middle luck would be better for the degree of your luck, everything in moderation”.But I want the excellent luck!When I’m disappointed, my friends suggest to try it again.But I decide to pick Omikuji one at a time.Because I’m scared if I pick ”凶 Kyo” again…
I enjoy seeing what it tells me about my fortune andfriends, and as a result of it ,we show it off or make fun of Anyway, I will explain how to pick Omikuji now.There are two traditional ways.One is that there are folded papers in a Omikuji box, and you draw one from the box.The other is that you shake a tubular box(relatively heavy) full of numbered sticks called Mikuji-bo. When one stick pops out at a time, read the number on the the stick. Then take a paper from the drawer with your number or take it to the reception.The Omikuji fee is from about 100yen to 300yen.You can find a coin box near the Omikuji place and you put coins in to it yourself.Or, sometimes there is a case of paying the fee at a reception.If you drew a “大吉 Daikichi :Excellent luck” you can take it home.If you drew the other fortunes,you tie it to a tree, which is provided in a specific spot to tie in shrines or temples.There also are unique types of Omikuji all over Japan.For instance, picking it at vending machines, hooking it from a case shaped like a fish by a rod, a paper in a case shaped like a fox, etc..you can find interesting ones.You may or you may not have the answer,it’s in the lap of the gods.But I can’t stop picking Omikuji♪Is it like being addicted to card games?? I recommend you try it to make memories in Japan.Even if you pick the“凶 Kyo:Bad luck”Omikuji, just try it again!That’s it!