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Can I give an omikuji as a gift? 2017/9/12 12:48
I was wondering... Usually you draw an omikuji to know about your own fortune, but can you bring one back to your country as a gift to a friend? Like, you draw the omikuji while thinking intensely about that person and leave it unopen for them.. Is it acceptable or no one would ever do that? :,D I could still buy an omamori as a gift but I liked the fortune-telling part, I just don't know if "it still works" if it's somebody else retrieving it on your behalf :O
by leerendix  

Re: Can I give an omikuji as a gift? 2017/9/12 15:04
As a Japanese resident I had never heard of anyone doing it. So I did a quick Google search and I did find a Japanese poster who often (!) receives omikuji as business (!) gifts.

But the poster didn't seem very happy. He seemed sort of stuck with them, because he didn't know how to handle anything as religious as that. Responses to the poster as well as other internet information generally suggested that it should be avoided, also because omikuji is meant to be only for the person who actually draws it.

For more details you can ask the priest of the shrine you draw the omikuji at. Some shrines accept inquiries through email.
by Uco rate this post as useful

Re: Can I give an omikuji as a gift? 2017/9/12 16:37
Omikuji is not such a material which can be GIVEN to your friend.
Can you give your future to another party ?



by Tak (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Can I give an omikuji as a gift? 2017/9/12 16:57
If you like the fortune-telling part of the omikuji, there are some places (temples, shops) where they sell omikuji inside cute animal figurines. Maybe that would be a nice idea?
I've seen them mostly in Nara. See how the deer have little paper rolls in their mouths?

https://blog-001.west.edge.storage-yahoo.jp/res/blog-68-65/hjbby485/fo...
by ruby (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Can I give an omikuji as a gift? 2017/9/12 17:30
Omamori is good as a gift.
I have never seen Omikuji as a gift. It is a souvenir for your own.
by tokyo friend 48 rate this post as useful

Re: Can I give an omikuji as a gift? 2017/9/13 00:28
No problem, NOT bad manner.
However, it should be possible to draw from multiple pieces for each.
Basically, Omikuji is pulled in the area where God's site (= shrine/temple),
and it is desirable to leave(tie) "Omikuji" in a shrine if bad result for
"cut the bad fortune/relationships" usual as traditonal custom(one of manner).
http://photo1.ganref.jp/photo/0/85ac128a5152edf8a1a0fea0db0e332f/thumb...
https://goo.gl/5v2YvR

Normally, it is an "amulet(お守り : )" and similars to make souvenirs.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omamori
http://www.tokyoweekender.com/2015/05/japanese-lucky-charms-the-guide-...

There are other than Omamori, but if you want to buy a lot just depends on yr budget.
https://ja.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=%E7%B8%81%E8%B5%B7%E7%89%A9...
Jump to : 社寺、境内などで参詣人に販売・授与する物
Those are called "縁起物(engi-mono)= lucky items" as generally.

If someone like "cats", Maneki-Neko(inviting lucky/happy cat) may better,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneki-neko
This is also one of 縁起物, you can buy it at 100Y(108Y/with sales tax) shops and more.
http://jp.bloguru.com/userdata/1521/1520/orig_201509142346525.jpg

Not all shrines but some shrines sales item of own "zodiac(干支:eto, 12 animals)" as god's Guardian.
http://hiragananinja.tk/wp2/newyearsletter/
http://www.shirahata-jinja.jp/cms/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/s-2016-12...
http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/yosshy99837/imgs/5/e/5eaba2cda8e9470bcc5a.j...
http://dp15125419.lolipop.jp/img2014/05/20140521-toyokuni19.jpg
by ipahselevg (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Can I give an omikuji as a gift? 2017/9/13 09:53
Sometimes you can get pre-packaged omikuji that are drawn from a box with a small charm or figurine included, or inside some other kind of trinket, instead of doing the traditional "shake box, check number on stick, get paper from shrine staff" method. One of those wouldn't be too strange to give as a gift. But as another poster mentioned, an omamori might be nicer.
by Gigi (guest) rate this post as useful

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