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100¥ "Fortune-teller" in Japan

Fortune-telling paper drawing is a vital part of Eastern culture in general and of Japan in particular. In Japan, this fortune slip is called Mikuji or O-mikuji. Japanese is known for their spiritual respect, so there’s no strange if Mikuji has been popularized and became the special touch of Japan.

Cá Chuối

Cá Chuối

Published on 01 Feb, 12:00

When did Mikuji appear?

Mikuji was told to be appeared the first time in 10th century. In that time, people usually draw a fortune stick as a way to ask the God’s opinion before giving the national great decision. In the other words, this is the origin of the current Mikuji.

The current Mikuji has been changed a lot if you compare it with the ancient time. There is no longer to insist on the spirituality or political object; instead of that, Mikuji just brings reference purpose for someone's future.

Picture of my friend’s Mikuji
Picture of my friend’s Mikuji

Mikujis are placed at Shintoism Shrines or Buddhism Temples. A Mikuji is folded or rolled to hide the predictions about the future of: relationship, health, work, study... Mikuji is divided into twelve levels of luck, from very good to very bad. It includes:

1. Daikichi/大吉: Great blessing

2. Chukichi/中吉: Middle blessing

3. Shokichi/小吉: Small blessing

4. Kichi/吉: Blessing

5. Hankichi/半吉: Half-blessing

6. Suekichi/末吉: Future blessing (Luck will come later in the year)

7. Sueshokichi/末小吉: Future small blessing

8. Kyo/凶: Curse

9. Shokyo/小凶: Small curse

10. Hankyo/半凶: Half-curse

11. Suekyo/末凶: Future curse

12. Daikyo/大凶: Great curse

Japanese concept: Bring the good fortune with you, the bad fortune to tie back

Should we bring Mikuji home or leave it back? This must be a question for many people after drawing a fortune-telling paper. If you draw a Daikichi (Great blessing), of course, you will cheerfully bring the luck to keep it in your house. Unless they unfortunately draw the Daikyo (Great curse), no one can be happy.

You probably see the trees or wires full of Mikujis at shrines and temples. These are places for the bad fortune slips. The first reason for these places is that bad luck will not be allowed to follow you. Secondly, the blessings of the sacred places will dispel the bad omens, which may happen to you.

Mikuji is also globalized

Every Mikuji slip is written by five-character-quatrain (an ancient kind of poem with four lines of five characters each and the rhyme complies with stringent rules) and an explanation below each line.

To understand these explanations, you need to have good Japanese proficiency (equal to N2). However, with the global trend these days, Mikuji is written in foreign languages (English, Chinese, Korean…) in many places head towards tourists.

100¥ "Fortune-teller"

What should we do if we don't have time to draw a fortune-telling paper? Don't worry! Like drinks and food, most of love-fortune Mikujis may appear everywhere in the form of a vending machine, especially at tourist attractions. Only 100¥ you can draw a fortune-telling paper to know your relationships foreboding.

"A fortune-teller" I met at a tourist attraction

If you come to Japan, let's try drawing a Mikuji once to know your fortune. If it's a good blessing, congratulations, this little happiness will bring good luck to you. Don't worry if it's not the good one. Because you now have the reason to come back someday and draw another fortune-telling paper.

Wish you could draw a Great Blessing for yourself!

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