New Year Fortunes, Japan

Rows of fortunes tied to fence at Shitennoji Temple in Osaka, Japan

On New Year's Day, thousands of Japanese flock to temples across the country to seek their fortune. Buy an omikuji (fortune) from the monks and see what the coming year has in store for you. If it's good, keep the fortune in your wallet in the hope that it comes true. If the outlook is bleak, tie your fortune to a fence or tree and leave the bad luck behind.

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