I went to Hatsumoude yesterday!
Hatsumoude means “First visit to shrine” and almost all Japanese do it in January.
Report of last year’s my Hatsumoude.
I bought Daruma at last year’s Hatsumoude.
In Japan, there is a custom to paint one eye at first. Like this.
And if this year was good year, we paint the other eye. Like this.
I and my wife also painted my Daruma’s eye in the first of January 2017!
Daruma I bought.
I and my wife painted each one eye!
And we had good year so we painted the other eye in the last of 2017.
My wife is painting…
It is said that eye painted Daruma should return to shrine.
Let’s go shrine for Hatsumode!
Hmm…good shrine! I like shrine since I can have calm mind.
This is Katsushika Hachiman Gu which has long history(about 1200years!)
This is the box to return!!
Oh… a little dirty…
This shrine has 1200years history so this box also has long history…maybe…
I put down my Daruma in the box! Thank you and good bye!
And I like to draw Omikuji at Hatsumode!
Omikuji means fortune slip which is written rank of luck and kind words.
[Rank of luck]
大吉Dai Kichi very good luck / Best Luck
吉Kichi good luck
中吉Chu Kichi Average Good Luck
小吉Sho Kichi Average Luck
末吉Sue Kichi Lucky in the End / Late Good Luck
凶Kyo bad luck / No Luck
大凶Dai Kyo extremely bad luck
This is Omikuji!
How is my this year’s fortune?
Rank of luck is 小吉Shokichi(Average Luck)!
And kind words are…
あせらばあせる程 苦しみ多く 騒げばさわぐ程損をする災い添う運です
Bad year. If you are panicked, you are going to get pain. If you make a noise, you are going to get loss.
If you are temperate, keep calm, being faithful person, you will get great luck later.
Ok, I’ll be honourable person to get luck!
Omikuji are tied in grounds of a shrine.
I bought amulet of health!
I’m 40 years old in last year and sometimes a bit sick…maybe because of age…
Let’s get health and luck in this year!!