Japan – Future Tense

My sister suggested we get our futures foretold at the Kau Cim stall in the Asakusa shrine in Tokyo.

I didn’t think it was a good idea. I do not believe in divination and felt it would play on her mind if she didn’t ‘draw’ good luck. But she was insistent and so we went through the drill and picked our slips of paper from the corresponding drawer.

My slip read “Daikichi” (great good luck), hers was evident from her dejected expression. I resisted the urge to say “I told you so.”

Following are images of a young lady checking her future prospects at the Itsukushima shrine, Hiroshima.

A prayer and a wish
A prayer and a wish
Shaking of numbered sticks in metal containers, from which one pops out of the tiny opening
Shaking of numbered sticks in metal containers, from which one pops out of the tiny opening
read the corresponding answers they retrieve from one of 100 possible drawers.
Retreiving the corresponding answer to her querry from one of 100 possible drawers!
So what does the future hold??
So what does the future hold??

This is how mine went……

Kau Cim Slip

Did I read “It is good to start a trip”? Have my fingers and toes crossed!

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

45 thoughts on “Japan – Future Tense

  1. If the she was looking around at the people nearby, I would have guessed it read, you will meet the man of your dreams…

  2. I must admit that I don’t believe that kind of warnings… ๐Ÿ™‚

    But I like to hear these predictions anyway, but whether they are extreme positive or negative ditto – so I don’t organize my life for them – if we did so the negative signs would become self-reinforcing and the positive would be great disappointments… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Excellent post for the theme… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Its very interesting, the human mind, plays tricks of all kinds
    i have never believed in these stuffs but inquisitiveness always gets the better of me…
    And a secret what i do when i don’t get a good reading is i try best out of three or five or seven till i get a good reading lol
    you had a good reading Madhu
    may god bless you with more ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I Ching, cosรฌ si chiama da noi il libro della divinazione cinese, hanno sempre una positiva interpretazione per tutto, a volte possono essere utili, quando si รจ dibattuti in una scelta ad esempio, ma in fondo tutto sta nell’interpretazione che diamo. A me piace quando salta fuori “perseveranza porta premio” ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I like the comment โ€œwe attract what we projectโ€. Praying you attract good things in the future.


  6. I’m pretty sure that in our visit to one shrine or another, my Japanese friend explained that if you don’t like the fortune you pulled, you just tie it on a tree and try for another. Which explains the many bare trees we saw around the shrine that were “blooming” with knotted paper slips!

  7. I love fortunes! I just expect them to be great…and when I receive one that isn’t, I know that there must have been some mistake, a mix-up of some sort! And I’m not at all surprised by your fortune, because you obviously create it everyday and we then see the evidence in each one of your posts Madhu! Fun post!

  8. Love this! It is always great to have an external force tell you it is time to start a new trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. futures foretold – nice, that that is possible – the Japanese version of the Delphi oracle … (also foretold the Fukushima disaster?)

  10. Maybe there is something to these fortunes after all, if it is telling you it’s time to start a new trip. The perfect fortune for you Madhu. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This is so cool! I definitely would have done it. I love the idea of picking a drawer and it holding an answer. Plus, it sounds to me like you’re going to be taking a trip. ๐Ÿ™‚ Always good news.

  12. I went to a fortune teller in the mid 70’s and everything she told me has came true … don’t know what to believe anymore …

  13. Ah there you are, and have been for some time! Pesky pesky WP!

    Not something I am into for fear of bad news. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever done it, although my mother would do it occasionally in gypsy caravans.

    Good choice of post though for the theme, nicely original.

  14. I am with you about fortune telling. Although, there was a time in my life, especially when I was young and so eager to know whether I would meet my prince or not – that I was more than thrilled to offer my palm to anyone who claimed knowledge about palm reading. But please – limit the reading to romantic fortunes only. I did not want to know how my life would turn out. That was a little too scary. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Fun! I don’t think one can have too many trips, especially if it is for enjoyment. Great post.
    My friend and I went to a fortune teller when we were really young. It was at a local festival, so I don’t know the background of the fortune teller. But my friend was told she would travel the world and have a very exciting life. In reality, she became a travel agent, but I don’t think she has traveled much at all out of the country. My fortune was that I probably wouldn’t leave where I grew up, wouldn’t get married and would have a very ordinary life. Well, I have traveled to many different countries and I love experiencing and learning about different cultures. I’m married to a wonderful man who loves to get out and explore, and we have made many good memories.

    Interesting how the fortunes turned out.

  16. I can’t activate the ‘like’, so you’ll have to put up with another comment! Some believe so implicitly It takes my breath away. I love all that red making what otherwise looks like a government office into an auspicious place. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. A double-edged sword!!! I realised their accuracy must be lower than weather forecasts, so my oppinion is one should believe whatever he/she chooses….

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