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IS JAPAN COOL? DISCOVER

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Paper fortune

1. A prediction of luck received by a visitor to a Japanese shrine or temple.

2. Two types of fortunetelling systems are used. In one, a stick with a number is drawn from a tube-like container, then exchanged for a paper fortune with the same number. In the other, a paper fortune is drawn directly from a fortune box.

3. A paper fortune not only reveals omens but also predicts whether your hopes will come true in business, love, health, etc.

4. After a paper fortune is read, it is usually tied to a tree branch or a nearby line. Believed to link the fortune-seeker with a deity, this custom has been passed down from the Edo era (1603-1868) and still continues today,

Range of fortunes

Mt. Fuji
富士山
Hot spring spa
温泉
Maid cafe
メイド喫茶
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Monja
もんじゃ
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Shiisaa
シーサー
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
Netherland
Odin Sphere
Japan
VOCALOID
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Jidai Matsuri
時代祭
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
Metal tableware
金属食器
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
WHISKY
ウイスキー
URUSHI
漆芸
ODEN
おでん
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
KOHEI NAWA
MANABU IKEDA
TAKU OBATA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
SANJA MATSURI
MENBURYU
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
KENDO
剣道
NOH
KYUDO
弓道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊