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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
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Character bento
キャラ弁
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Shinjuku
新宿
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Shuri Castle
首里城
Haarii
ハーリー
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
Italy
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Japan
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Mexico
Doraemon
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Café from another world
純喫茶
Stay at a Buddhist temple
宿坊
Zazen
坐禅
Maiko documentary
舞妓
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
Department store basement
デパ地下
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
Japanese knives
包丁
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
WASABI
山葵
SUSHI
寿司
TEMPURA
天婦羅
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
TABAIMO
KOHEI NAWA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
JUDO
柔道
KARATEDO
空手
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
IAI
居合
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人