How to Consult an Oracle at Japanese Shrines and Temples

Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media
Published in
3 min readFeb 13, 2024

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If you have already visited a Japanese shrine, you may have wondered what the folded papers attached to trees or threads were.

These are called omikuji, or oracles. What is written on them is believed to be a message from the deities. They are provided in many forms: some shrines and temples have sorts of oracle vending machines, and some others have boxes in which…

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Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media

Living in Japan since 2011. I love interviewing inspiring people.