In Tokyo’s Nihonbashi it’s possible to go visit the shrines where the 7 gods of fortune are said to call home. Each one of these shrines have long histories and many legends about them. One of them, the Matsushima Shrine offers an amulet that lets you have good dreams some of which possibly become reality. For readers who have a wish or a need to make a dream come true, try one of these “Ryomufuda” amulets out. Who knows it may just work.
Step 1: go to Matsushima shrine and obtain a "Ryomufuda" amulet
Writing down your wish and putting the amulet under your pillow you have good dreams and some of them have a chance of coming true. Because of tv exposure the amulet in question is popular amongst women.
First thing first is you have to go to Matsushima Shrine and receive a “Ryomufuda” amulet 600 JPY. Please don’t get too excited and noisy like I did when I found the amulet when visiting the shrine. The Shrine office is open from 8am ot 6pm but there are days when this changes so check times before coming.
Step 2: write down your wish and put the amulet under your pillow before bed
Since long ago its been said that if you put a likeness of “Okuninushi no Mikoto” under your pillow on every years first day of the sexagenary cycle called “Kinoene”, that you would have good dreams and that they would come true. In modern times this ritual changed to when you are wishing for a change in your life such as exam time, career change, or marriage.
So now before a big day you put a “Ryomufuda” under your pillow, after writing down your wish on the paper inside. By the way the drawing of “Okuninushi no Mikoto” on the paper inside was done by the chief priest.
Finally replace the paper into the amulet and put it under your pillow.
Step 3 after having a good dream take or send the amulet back to Matsushima shrine
After having a good dream of having your wish come true, you take the “Ryomufuda” back to Matsushima shrine to have them pray over it, and just wait for the dream to come true!!
Visiting the shrines of the 7 gods of fortune has been a ritual since the Muromachi period, becoming more popular than ever in the last 500 years. Here at Matsushima shrine there are 14 gods other than “Okuninushi no Mikoto” which is many more than most shrines.
They say you can make your dreams come true if you wish really hard but it doesn’t hurt to have a little help from the gods does it?
Even more luck! A Chinese zodiac phone strap with real gold inside
We found these good luck charms as well. These handmade phone straps have gold foil inside the glass in adorably shaped Chinese zodiac animals for 550 JPY each.
Gold is said to protect the body while the glass is said to exorcise evil spirits. The picture is of the horse figurine from the Chinese zodiac. Looks like it would bring good luck doesn’t it? Of course getting a zodiac animal for your sign is best.
Don't doubt dreams
What would you write down in you “Ryomufuda”?
While you’re in Nihonbashi, it will be fun to visit the other shrines of the 7 gods. The neighborhood has a lot of character and a stroll here is pretty exciting. Wishing all of your dreams come true too.
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