Omamori is an item that guards and blesses you. Many Japanese have them wishing for divine fortune.
How to use Omamori charm
〇 Keep in your purse or wallet, tie to a backpack or handbag etc.
〇 Should never be opened to see wxhat is inside.
※Please return old omamori to old bill box during New Year's holidays.
Ofuda is a symbol of the enshrined kami. As well as at jinja, the Japanese have worshiped kami at home by enshrining ofuda, a symbol of kami, at a household altar known as kamidan. There are many jinja in Japan, and each jinja has its own especially prepared ofuda.
How to enshrine Ofuda
〇 Face South or East (seeing the sunrise).
〇 Display on the highest level possible (clean space).
〇 It is best placed in the Kamidana (Household alter).
〇 Ofuda is wrapped in thin paper. This is to keep it clean and pure until your going back home. It would be OK to remove the paper when you enshrine it in the household alter.
※Please return old ofuda to old bill box during New Year's holidays.
Hamaya is a decorative arrow to ward off evil spirits and is one of the good luck articles in New Year. You can get it at an amulet office during New Year's holidays. A set of decorative bow and arrow used to be given to boys wishing their healthy growth.
How to enshrine Hamaya
〇 Please place it in an appropriate spot, such as a household alter.
※Please return old hamaya to old bill box during New Year's holidays.
Omikuji which we can see in jinja nowadays is used for telling a person's fortune. There are various types of omikuji. While some give advice on daily life, some tell fortune by indicating such as Da'i-kichi, Kichi, Chu-kichi, Sho-kichi, Su'e-kichi, and Kyo.
〇 Please tie to the specified fence.
〇 You may also bring it home and use it as a daily guidance.
Ema is a votive tablet offered to jinja with your wish on it, and it is said that these wishes will be delivered to kami. In ancient times people donated horses to jinja wishing good luck; over time this was replaced by a tablet with a picture of a horse'. Today, various pictures are painted on it.
What to write on an Ema
・your address(or name of your country)
・date( year month day)
〇 Please hang your ema on board.
〇 You can write your wish or take it home as a souvenir.
Goshuin is a stamp given at a jinja as a proof of visit. In present day, some people pay a visit to a jinja to collect goshuin as one of their favorite hobby since each goshuin has a unique design.
〇 If you don't have a goshuincho(stamp notebook) with you today, you can also get a goshuin on a paper slip.
※ You can get a goshuincho here.