Pleple draw omikuji when they visit a shrine or temple in order to read their fortune. A long time ago, omikuji were used to read the intentions of the gods. The omikuji includes a phrase expressing your general fortune such as excellent, good, reasonable, fair or evil fortune, as well as advice on individual topics such as the overall state of your fortune, your health, things you are searching for and people you are waiting for. Normally omikuji is a folded-up paper. Have you ever seen an omikuji which has a cute animal shaped container? Here a special list for you!
Sugawarain Tenmangu Shrine: Cow shaped omikuji
Santuario Goou: Boar shaped omikuji
Kamigamo-jinja: Three legs crow shaped omikuji
Higashi-Tenno Okazaki-Jinja Shrine: Rabbit shaped omikuji
Rokkaku-do: Pigeon shaped omikuji
Kenninji Temple Tacchu Ryosokuin: Tiger shaped omikuji
Hirano Shrine: Squirrel shaped omikuji
You may wonder, why those design? Well, there are many cases. In Japan, many shrines were built in honor of remarkable politicians. Some animals were depicted as a lifesaver and protector of the politician in legend. So as the cow and the boar. The Okazaki-Jinja shrine precinct was used to be the rabbit’s haunt. Now the rabbit is considered the sacred messenger from the deity. There are many pigeons in Rokaku-do, so they became a symbol of the temple. The tiger is considered the enshrined god’s ride, it is also said the god appeared in the year of the tiger.
You see, not just your general fortune, many stories are contained as well. Make sure you get one of those mysterious omikuji when you visit Kyoto!