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p1000526Shinto shrines seem to be heaving with super luck or bad luck. It’s a gamble isn’t it what your day might hold for you and happening on a shrine on a particular day or at a particular time might just seal your fate for the day,month , year ahead.Pick a lucky spill and draw a site of fortune paper. Then read your fortune. It could be good , very good or pretty bad .

p1000543I have been particularly taken with the fortune telling strips, or Omikuji ,which I have seen tied up on racks at many of the shrines we visited . The ones that are tied up and left are apparently the bad luck fortunes which have been drawn . These are then left behind to finally dissolve ,disintegrate and blow away in the wind . Good fortunes are secreted about your person and are carried away for safekeeping.

p1000542These are not to be confused with the wooden wishing plaques ,or Ema boards ,which can be  purchased for a nominal amount and  hung up at the shrine for general good fortune wishing . Some of these boards can be particularly specific in their directed wishes.

p1010634Stacked up in wishing piles on special rails  they have an extraordinary texture and sculptural quality – whatever the wishes may be and I love the idea that your paper bad fortune finally will blow away and be lost to the winds.

p1010635Cats of course feature heavily in a all good luck scenarios.

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