If I ever try to be famous, I will succeed. If I build a new house, it will be good. Making a trip is also a great idea which will definitely be successful. And both my (eventual) marriage and (eventual) career will both be wonderful.
At least, that’s what I was told today by my omikuji fortune.
Omikuji are fortunes delivered to recipients at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Today, when visiting the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa, I decided to see what lay in my future. Once in the temple, having traversed the frankly pitifully mundane tourist trap between the temple’s two gates (“Get your completely traditional Tokyo fridge magnets here!”), I was presented with a bank of small drawers, each bearing a Japanese word.
The omikuji procedure is to first deposit a 100 yen coin in the Big Lucky Sacred Money Box (Not its actual name. Also, I read somewhere that traditionally 5 yen coins are used. It seems Buddhism has recently undergone hyperinflation of Zimbabwe-esque proportions).
I was then required to shake a large silver box whilst making a wish. A long, thin wooden stick came out of said box. Upon said stick there is a Japanese word, which corresponds to one of the dozens of small drawers. Once you’ve found the correct drawer, inside you’ll find a piece of paper with your fortune on.
I followed these steps to the letter, and was duly presented with a remarkably promising fortune. It read thus:
“If you try to become famous, it will come out as you hope. For example, you have three kinds of hopes, three will be completed. Gods will come and where he points too, flowers and fruits grow timely. Good fortune will come and it brings you happiness.”
It continues: “Your wishes will be realized. A sick person will recover. The lost article will be found. The person you are waiting for will come. Building a new house and removal are good. Marriage and employment are all good. Making a trip is all right.”
What could possibly go wrong?