Omikuji are written fortunes which can be obtained by drawing lots in most Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. They indicate one’s overall fortune, from extremely good to extremely bad and suggest what should be done about such things as marriage, traveling, business, and study. It is said that when a person draws a good fortune, he or she should take it home. But when a bad one is drawn, it should be tied to the branch of a tree in order to return it to a shrine or temple. But people often tie good fortune to branches as well.
Omamori are charms to bring good fortune and expel evil. Each one has a different purpose. Some are for good health, a happy marriage, or traffic safety, and the most popular one is for success in an entrance examination. People keep them in their wallets or hang them in their homes or cars.
Sacred straw ropes called “shimenawa” are used to protect sacred buildings or objects from the profane.
Information on Sumiyoshi Taisha
October to March 6:30 to 17:00
(The souvenir shop is open from 9:00 to 17:00. No fixed holidays.)