Japanese Amulets or Omamori (in Japanese) are commonly sold at a Shinto Shrine or a Buddhist Temple. The Amulets serve to provide various forms of luck or protection. The Japanese Amulet covering is usually made of cloth with pieces of papers or pieces of wood with prayers written on them. This is supposed to bring good luck or protection to the owner and is also used to ward off bad luck. Well this is good as a souvenir for family and friends for well wishing.
|Various kind of Japanese Amulets from different parts of Japan|
Japanese Amulets provide blessings and protection, or may have a specific focus, and this is some of its function:
Yaku Yoke- Avoidance of evil
Kaiun- Open luck
Anzan- Protection for pregnant women and safe delivery.
Gakugyo Joju- For students' education and passing of examination.
En Musubi- Acquisition of a mate and marriage. For singles and couples to ensure
love and marriage.
love and marriage.
Kotsu Anzen- Traffic safety. Protection for drivers and travelers of all sorts.
Kanai Anzen- For good health.
Shobai Hanjo- Prosperity in business. Success in business and matters of money.
So choose wisely which one to get for your own good :-)
|Matcha deciding which one to get.|
The Japanese Amulets should never be opened in order to avoid losing its power. Old Japanese Amulets are usually returned to the same shrine or temple where it was obtain so it can be disposed properly once it served it’s purposed (in some believes). This is commonly done after New Year. This way the shrine or temple visitor has a fresh start for the New Year with a new Omamori. And also if a shrine or a temple visitor cannot find a Japanese Amulets for their needs, they can make a request from the priest or monk to have one made special for their needs.
One advice, please do not throw the old amulets into the rubbish bin or trash, have some respect. Just burn it properly. A Japanese Amulet usually cost around 200 Yen to 1000 Yen (around B$3 to B$15) depending on it's purpose, and remember one thing if you buy a Japanese Amulets, it is considered as a donation to the temple or shrine. Share the photos of the Japanese Amulets you got or received as a gift from friends and family with us at our Facebook page. We would like to hear your story :-)