We left Osaka to go to Kyoto for 24 hours! We stayed in the same hotel from New Year’s Eve 2017 and visited our favorite/first shrine, Yasaka Jingu. 🥰 Crab legs are amazing here (photos not allowed), I got an omikuji (I got: 吉) and we both got each other omamori and prayed. We bought an ema and wrote our wishes for the new year for ourselves, family and friends. ❤️ Ever since I first went to Japan in 2016, My life started getting more amazing each time. Last year I got great blessings (大吉), and I sure did 🥰 Yasaka will always have a place in my heart.
Ramen for lunch, followed by my first 初詣 shrine visit with co-workers! Never did I expect to do it in the middle of a workday. The zoning in Tokyo is really strange- in Roppongi there are offices, restaurants, shops, clubs, and then suddenly...a shrine lol. Out of the three of us, I was the only one who pulled a good fortune. I hope 2019 becomes a good year for me.✨ 叉燒 ramen: 1000yen/$11 @ Souryuutougyoku-dou
Omikuji fortune: 100yen/$1 @ Izumo Taisha
Do you know "Omikuji?"
It's a Japanese paper fortune.
Japanese people like to buy “omikuji”
You can draw an omikuji at shrines and temples.
大吉 very good luck
吉 good luck
小吉 lesser good luck
凶 bad luck
大凶 extremely bad luck
My result was "Shoukichi(小吉)😅" #omikuji#fortune#japaneseculture
New Year and its feasts are over.
Yet Japanese people have taught me that after the festivities, cleansing, visit to shrine on the first day of the year, other rituals must be followed to bring good omen to the household.
Among those is the nanakusa no sekku (七草の節句) or Festival of the Seven Herbs during which Japanese people eat a rice porridge called nanakusa-gayu (七草粥) containing seven traditional edible herbs, symbolically and colorfully enhancing the white rice porridge.
Following ceremonial instructions guided by tradition and superstition, it is held on the seventh day of the first month of the year and is meant to bring longevity and to ward off evil and disease.
Coming after the New Year's feast, this porridge gives a well earned rest for the stomach.
It is then customary to gather at the shrine to receive a bowlful and share a moment to pray and pick a fortunes there as we did with other international students on that special day.