finding good fortune in Asakusa, Japan

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

If you try to be famous it will come out as you hope. If you have three kinds of hope all three will be completed. God will come, and where he points to flowers and fruits grow timely. Good fortune will come and bring you happiness.

*Your wishes will be realised. *The lost article will be found. *The person you are waiting for will come. *Making a trip is all right. *Marriage and employment are all good.

Asakusa Temple, Tokyo Japan
In the heart of Asakusa lies Sensō-ji (浅草寺), one of my favourite places in Tokyo and a destination I've returned to many times over the years. Also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple, Sensō-ji is a Buddhist temple and the oldest in Tokyo.

One of the things I love about Sensō-ji is the story of it's creation. If you ever have the 'good fortune' to visit Sensō-ji and Asakusa make sure you keep an eye out for the beautiful paintings that illustrate it's story down busy Nakamise shopping street.

The story of Sensō-ji temple, Asakusa Japan

The legend of Sensō-ji...

In the year 628 two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy out of the Sumida River. They returned the statue back into the river but it returned to them again the next day. Time and time again they tried to return the statue only to have it always come back to them the next day. This temple was built to honour her.

Tourists posing in front of the Thunder Gate, entrance to Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa Tokyo

Dominating the entrance to the Sensō-ji is the grand looking Thunder Gate, where many tourists pause to take selfies, flashing peace signs at their cameras.  Instead of trying to take a picture of the gate in all it's glory I often like to take a snap of the people. People watching is so interesting sometimes don't you think?

People watching done, my favourite thing to at Sensō-ji is to get my fortune of course...

finding good fortune in Asakusa, Japan
For just 100 yen (approx 50p) you can find out if your stars are truly aligned. Amazing! 

Once you've entered Sensō-ji approach the Omikuji (fortune telling paper) station to your right. Pay your 100 yen donation, start praying like mad and give the silver box a few 'polite' shakes until you can draw a wooden stick from inside it. The stick you pull out will have a number on it that corresponds to your fortune, which you then take from the matching numbered fortune drawer.

Bad fortune - Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa Tokyo

If you get a good fortune, great! Life is good.

If you're not very lucky and get a bad fortune (buggar!), you can discard it by tying it to one of the nearby poles, ensuring your bad fortune doesn't follow you back home.

Discarding a bad fortune in Asakusa, Japan

I was once unfortunate enough to get three bad fortunes in a row. Thank goodness there's an easy opt out.

Have you ever got a Omikuji in Japan?

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  1. I got a terrible fortune at Senso-ji so I tied it to one of the pole things and hoped it wouldn't follow me! I had to laugh at the wording though, so harsh!

    1. I know right! Sometimes the translations can really make your cringe :) I love that the fortunes never actually change year on year too. When were you in Japan?

  2. 3 times bad fortune left behind at the pole - well, that's almost the same as good fortune, isn't it ? ;-)

    1. Well I certainly hope so! I'm still here to tell the tale so think everything's going to be okay :)