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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

Character bento
キャラ弁
Decorate anything
デコる
Hot spring spa
温泉
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
Yakatabune
屋形船
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Shiisaa
シーサー
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
USA
Gunbuster
Japan
Lupin III
Japan
Kinnikuman
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
銭湯表現
HOSHINOYA Kyoto
星のや 京都
Suguki pickles
すぐき漬け
Maiko documentary
舞妓
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Japanese knives
包丁
Japanese sake
日本酒
Metal tableware
金属食器
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SUSHI
寿司
RAMEN
ラーメン
RICE CAKES
TABAIMO
TAKU OBATA
KOHEI NAWA
YAYOI KUSAMA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
NEBUTA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
KARATEDO
空手
NOH
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KYUDO
弓道
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家