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Takeda Shingen and omamoris

Japanese history geeks, we present you the statue of “Takeda Shingen!” For those who don’t know who he is, he was a warrior with great influence during the Sengoku period. Born in 1521 till his death in 1573, he led an astonishing life as a daimyo, and even today he is worshipped and loved especially from the people of the Yamanashi Prefecture.

Takeda Shingen is one of the most popular historical figures, and his biography was filmed and aired by the NHK (Nihon Housou Kyokai, aka the Japan Broadcasting Corporation). This drama has around 50 episodes, and its DVD series still sells today. 

If you take a look inside any Japanese person’s purse or wallet, you might find something called an “omamori.” These are used as an amulet for protection from harm, danger, and illness. People think it’s best to always carry one that will be the closest to him/her at all times; hence the wallet and the purse. It can also be attached to a bag or carkeys, anywhere you fancy.

Some omamoris not only provide protection, but also can represent success in business, happy love/relationship, safe childbirth, well-being for the family, road safety, and so on. These are the most common wishes omamoris have. In other words, these are just the tip of the ice burg! It’s always fun and enlightening to discover what a particular omamori can mean.

These omamoris are mainly sold in temples, but today they became more kawaii with…. Yup, you guessed it, characters attached to them. Hello Kitty’s always there like a boss, and look, Omamoris with One Piece characters!

I would definitely recommend the omamori with Brook, because not only can you use it as an amulet 365days, but it would work perfectly well, come “el dia de los muertos (the day of the dead).” Map

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