When the New Year has arrived, I’d always visit a shrine for Hatumode, and consult an oracle or get a lucky charm (amulets) each year. Of course I did so this year, too.
The lucky charms usually categorized by the area of your wish such as “prosperous business”, “successful study”, “well-being of family” and “fulfillment of love or wish for finding a partner”.
Nowadays, they have more fun sort of luck charms featuring the popular characters such as Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty or Snoopy and they are all cute. But I think that those traditional lucky charms with delicate fabrics are still very pretty.
Happy Hello Kitty Omamori (Strapya World!)
There are some books (in Japanese) introducing the lucky charms form shrines and temples in Kyoto.
- Kagami mochi ; Japanese traditional new year decoration
- Happy New Year 2015!
- Ittekinya-su capsule toy
- Kabuki Gashapon
- Kabuki Onmyoji