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Mamori in Japan
The word mamori (守り) means protection, with omamori being the sonkeigo (honorific) form of the word, "to protect". Originally made from paper or wood, modern amulets are small items usually kept inside a brocade bag and may contain a prayer, religious inscription of invocation. Omamori are available at both Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples with few exceptions and are available for sale, regardless of one's religious affiliation.
Omamori are then made sacred through the use of ritual, and are said to contain busshin (spiritual offshoots) in a Shinto context or kesshin (manifestations) in a Buddhist context.
While omamori are intended for temple tourists' personal use, they are mainly viewed as a donation to the temple or shrine the person is visiting. Visitors often give omamori as a gift to another person as a physical form of well-wishing.
Japan Nakama's Omamori, How to use it.
- Using the BLACK dotted lines as guides , cut out each of the charms including creating holes where the dotted line indicates.
- Following the RED dotted line, fold each charm in half ensuring the charm's designs are shown on the outsides.
- Thread a string through the holes of your charm and tie a knot.
- Hang your charm from your plants, bags, car mirror and anywhere you'd like your luck.
Japanese writing - Saru mou ki kara ochiru
Meaning - Even monkeys fall from trees: Even professionals in a field can make a mistake, no need to dwell on it and move on.
Japanese writing - Hana yori dango
Meaning - (Choose) Dango over flowers - Dango is a sweet chewy dessert served on a skewer stick, the meaning of this saying explains that you should choose something practical like Dango rather than choosing flowers which is only pretty to look at but has no practical use.