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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Fortune Blossoms・桜みくじ

These are not flowers. These are pink colored pieces of paper – fortunes – tied on metal wires and arranged to resemble cherry blossoms.

At Heian Jingu, shown here, and at other shrines and temples it is popular to pull a fortune. The fortunes (O-mikuji) are usually taken from a series of 100 prophetic poems written in the Heian era (10th century), and generally have 7 or as many as 12 levels of luck/misfortune. If you get a fortune of bad luck, it is customary to tie it to a tree at the shrine, so the bad luck does not come home with you.

Taken in Higashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

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PictureCode: 230502

PictureCode: 230502
Location: Higashiyama
Keywords: Shrines

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