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Asakusa Shrine "Omamori"s and Other Cute Souvenirs

2016.03.09
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Walking into Shrines

When compared to the large red festive magnificence of Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa shrine gets dwarfed by Senso-ji Temple. It's really quite striking that I've toured Senso-ji Temple two or three times, but never found out that was an Asakusa Shrine until now!
For today's journey we will search for a talisman that is said to provide good fortune for those around you including yourself. 

:::Asakusa Shrine:::
http://www.asakusajinja.jp/english/
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032
  • Tracking down our Omamori
    Tracking down our Omamori
    After entering Asakusa Shrine, you'll notice it is really empty and sparsely populated, compared to outside. Before entering it's best to study up on proper Shrine etiquette before entering and leaving. 
  • Ofuda and Omamori List
    Ofuda and Omamori List
    Got this picture after asking the friendly staff! This list details all the ofuda, omamori, (talisman/ good luck charm) that are available. As you can see there is a large selection to choose from so use this picture to get an idea for which one you may be interested in.
  • Details included
    Details included
    At last we've found our goal! At the moment we decided on this trip we must've not have looked carefully, because now when we compare it to the photo before you'll notice in addition to the color of the top knot, the pattern is not the same.... oh jeez!

Our Omamori

Tah-dah! Now for everyone to see, our very own "don't worry" omamori ~ Isn't it interesting? After getting your omamori make sure you keep it somewhere safe so you don't lose it and keep it with you to ensure effectiveness. 
Price: ¥ 500 each

A lot of fun and interesting to check!

In addition to buying an omamori, you can also spend a little money to play omikuji, a kind of fortune-telling activity where one grabs a sheet of paper with a fortune written on it. The fortunes can be good or bad relating to your hopes and desires. It's customary to attach bad fortunes to a nearby wire fence or nearby pine tree due to a play on words in Japanese. The word for fir tree "matsu" (松) and "matsu" (待つ)to wait are used to symbolize the bearer of the fortune staving off his/ her fortune for a while longer. Asakusa Shrine was full of these omikuji! ^^
Basic Info
NameAsakusa Shrine
Address2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032
StationAsakusa
Websitehttp://www.asakusajinja.jp/english/
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