OMIKUJI

C7C8BEE5B5DCA4AAA4DFA4AFA4B8New Year has coming and I think lots of people are planning to visit a shrine or temple to draw Omikuji, random fortunes written on paper. Some people will be pleased, and some people will be disappointed by the result of Omikuji.  Then, Japanese fortunes have “Daikichi”(great blessing) to “Kyou”(curse), but do you know the order?

 

 

According to Association of Shinto Shrine, its order is:
Middle blessing (chū-kichi, 中吉)

Small blessing (shō-kichi, 小吉)

Blessing (kichi, 吉)

Half-blessing (han-kichi, 半吉)

Near-blessing (sue-kichi, 末吉)

Near-small-blessing (sue-shō-kichi, 末小吉)

Curse (kyō, 凶)

However, good or bad luck is not really important.  We need to accept written teach in the fortune paper, and think about our future life.  It is the rally meaning of Omikuji, according to the Association of Shinto Shrine.

In addition, there is a custom that we tie the Omikuji paper to a tree at the shrine or temple.  It is said that this custom will form a connection with the god.  Even it is all up to you, please visit a shrine or temple and experience Japanese way.