Omamori amulet in Japan

Omamori | Big good luck in a small bag

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Small amulets called ‘omamori’ are sold at shrines or temples in Japan. The word omamori means ‘protection’ and these objects are amulets that are generally meant to give good luck to the person who acquires them. Usually, omamori come in the form of a bag with beautiful details, and inside there is a prayer written by hand by the priests of the sanctuary. The bag should not be opened because in that case, it would lose its effect.


This custom has been maintained since the Edo period (1603-1868). During that time, people traveled thousands of kilometers to pray in their favorite sanctuary. After they obtained an omamori, they could return to their homes with the protection of the gods now with them.

After WW2, the government and places of a religious nature had to be separated. For this reason, today the shrines and temples are maintained mostly from donations, fees paid for ceremonies, and sales of omamori. Therefore, buying an omamori is also a way of thanking the sanctuary for existing. Moreover, you will be supporting the sanctuary to continue standing.

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For many Japanese people, omamori are objects of utmost importance. It can be carried as a keychain, in the purse, in the wallet, or in the car. Basically, in any place where that person wishes to be protected. Omamori are also given to loved ones as physical attests of good wishes and love for that person.

Some people offer their omamori back to the shrine or temple so that they can be burned ritually and a new cycle can begin in the New Year. The cover of the amulet is usually made of brocade silk and kept in it a sacred paper. It can also be a piece of wood with prayers written on them that protect the wearer in occasions, tasks, or in particular activities.

Omamori for souvenirs

For foreign tourists, buying an omamori is a great souvenir idea. Because when taking an amulet back, it is a way to stay connected with the sacred energy of Japan. Also, it is promised that one day they will return to the country of the rising sun.

Also, if it is given to family or friends, it is to give the true energy of Japan, it is to give protection and love. Omamori are not banal objects that are sold in gift shops. They are sacred amulets of high energy vibration that maintain a strong bond with the true Japanese spirit of peace.

Uses of Omamori

Omamori have a variety of uses, here are some examples;

– Health and getting rid of disease
– Protection against bad energy
– General protection
– Economic prosperity

– Attracting love
– Study support
– Work support

Omamori are sacred amulets, and obtaining one, it is equivalent to taking the sacred energy of the sanctuary with you and thus always being protected by the pure energy of these special places even when you are elsewhere. Each sanctuary has its own special design and shrines specialize in different life areas, so many people go to a few different shrines and temples to have various types of divine support.

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