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. 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….

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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.

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