Written Fortunes

O-mikuji are random fortunes written on strips of paper at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Literally ‘sacred lot’, these are usually received by making a small offering of generally a five-yen coin as it is considered good luck and randomly choosing one from a box, hoping for the resulting fortune to be good. The o-mikuji is scrolled up or folded, and unrolling the piece of paper reveals the fortune written on it. It includes a general blessing with a fortune regarding specific aspects of one’s life.