Friday, January 3, 2014

How to Get Rid of a Bad Fortune in Japan (Photo)

Girl tying a bad New Year's fortune to fence

The week of the New Year almost everybody visits a shrine or, temple.

And part of the ritual involves getting a slip of paper with your fortune written on it.

You should have seen the look on this gal's face, after she read hers.

I asked her if it was a bad one and, my suspicions were confirmed.

So, I told her "Get rid of it."

She went over there and tied it with the rest of them.

She's a smart girl and, even signed a model release for me when I asked her.

Lots of People Ain't That Smart You Know


Traditionally, only bad fortunes were left behind like that.

But, nowadays it seems like everybody ties their fortune up and leaves it behind.

As a stranger, in that town, I got wondering.

Did everybody get bad luck, predicted for the New Year ?

It seems to me, the people who had good fortunes just started copying from those with bad ones.

Now, everybody is leaving their fortunes behind.

Maybe, that's what's wrong with the world today. Just take a look around.

Young people are drinking water out of plastic bottles.

They walk around talking and texting on little handheld telephones.

And, they see someone tie their fortune to a fence or a tree so, they do the same thing.

Think for Yourself


If you get a good fortune, take it home with you.

If a bad fortune comes your way, Get Rid of It !

Shortly after she got rid of the bad fortune, it started to rain and we got the heck out of there.

Didn't I tell you she was a smart girl ?


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