Saturday, March 25, 2006


Asakusa is a district that flourished during the Edo period (1603~1868) where you can still enjoy an atomosphere of Edo continues to attract many tourists from all over.

Smoke from the incense has the divine power, so visitors cover their heads with the smoke to keep their good health.

This is Omikuji! Japanese people are somewhat superstitious. Omikuji are fortune telling paper slips found at many shrines and temples. Through a random draw you can find your fortune ranging from Daikichi (great good luck) to Daikyo (great bad luck.) Hiroko's fortune was.... Daikyo! (yet she is still smiling for this picture!) After reading your fortune, you tie the fortune paper around a nearby tree's branch, then presumably good fortune will come true and bad fortune can be avoided.

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