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  • Writer's picturePhillip Radcliffe

Kiyomizudera Temple’s Jishu Shrine

(Japanese translation below)

Kyoto is a long-established city in Japan. It was the center of politics and culture of Japan during the Heian period (794 to 1185). There are more shrines and temples now than there are convenience stores. The most famous among them is Kiyomizudera. It was built in 798 by Sakanoueno Tamuramaro.

It’s an historical temple that tourists from abroad visit. The view from the main hall is wonderful. On the left side of the main hall there is Jishu Shrine. This is also a very popular spot because it is said that this shrine has the power to make love come true. There are two big stones in the shrine and it has been said from long ago that if you can walk safely with your eyes closed from one stone to the other stone your wish for love will come true. Many people do this to influence their future.

There are omikukuji in every shrine in Japan. An omikuji is a strip of paper on which fortune and advice are written. You can choose one Omikuji paper in a box in exchange for a small offering. The price is usually ¥100 to ¥200. If you get a bad fortune, leave it behind at the shrine. If you get a good fortune you should keep it and carry it as a lucky charm. You can get omikuji any time, but there are a lot of people who do it at the New Year to see their fortune for the year.

Amulets are also as popular as omikuji. An amulet has the same purpose as an omamori (lucky charm) in Japan. There are many kinds of amulets according to the purpose. The most famous amulet in this shrine is the amulet of romance. Many single people and couples buy it. You can carry it around with you or display it in your room. Anyone can buy it as a souvenir, but you shouldn’t open it. If you do, it will lose its power.

The most popular amulet in this shrine is the “shiawase” (happiness) amulet of love. It’s an amulet to help you meet your perfect life partner. There are various kinds of amulets effective for academic success, good health, traffic safety and so on. You should go to Jishu Shrine when you visit Kyoto. Shrine deities will fulfill your wishes and you can learn about the ancient culture of Japan.


長田 彩乃







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