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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

Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Asakusa
浅草
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Shuri Castle
首里城
Public market
公設市場
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
Japan
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Malaysia
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children
Japan
Lupin III
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Uchimizu
打ち水
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Stay at Machiya
京町家ステイ
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Cosmetics
化粧品
Picks
楊枝
Metal tableware
金属食器
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
URUSHI
漆芸
SOBA
蕎麦
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
Nerhol
KOHEI NAWA
TABAIMO
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
IAI
居合
SHODO
書道
JUDO
柔道
KENDO
剣道
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SHOGI
SHOGI
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS