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Bad fortune, new hope by Peter Zentjens

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The title of this photo used to be: Say a prayer for me, with the following description:
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A delicate branch of cherry blossoms, symbol of spring, symbol of new life, carrying someones hope, someones prayers. Such a beautiful tradition in Japan…
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But it seems to be that I was misinformed and that the little paper on the tree is not a prayer, but a bad fortune. Here I found the following description of this custom:
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Omikuji are fortunes written on strips of paper available at most Shinto shrines in Japan. There are 12 levels of fortunes, ranging from Great Blessing to Great Curse. When the fortune is bad, it is customary for the person to fold up the strip of paper and tie it to a pine tree branch at the temple grounds, thus freeing the person from the bad fortune. In the event of the fortune being good, the bearer should keep it.
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As you can see, they don’t only use pine trees for it.
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aomori, blossom, cherry, fortune, hirosaki, hope, japan, omikuji, travel, tree

Comments

  • Umbra101
    Umbra101about 6 years ago

    really beautiful :)

  • Thank you Ubmra101. It was a spot of beauty on a gray day.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • bluz2nz
    bluz2nzabout 6 years ago

    What a great card!!

  • Thanks bluz2nz, glad you like it.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • hanARGH
    hanARGHabout 6 years ago

    gorgeous image
    the colours are beautiful and the caputure is sharp.
    well done.

  • Thanks hanARGH.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • PPV247
    PPV247about 6 years ago

    Great detail and sentiment in this capture.

  • Thanks, and yes, I totally agree on the sentiment.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Jacqueline Baker
    Jacqueline Bakerabout 6 years ago

    beautiful tradition and lovely picture!

  • Thanks Jacqueline. I love the tradition, but then I have a weak spot for many Japanese traditions. ;^)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • nixa
    nixaabout 6 years ago

    So simple yet so affecting.
    Very commercial! WOW

  • Thanks nixa. I know what you mean with affecting.
    But commercial? Only sales will tell… :^)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Michelle Walsh
    Michelle Walshabout 6 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous. what a lovely ritual as well.

  • Thank you Michelle

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture, great tradition !

  • Cheers Sylvia.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • allyj
    allyjabout 6 years ago

    beautiful visual message, Peter …

  • Thanks Alison!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 6 years ago

    I am commenting on the one at the side, hope this is it. Glorious capture, imagery and beautiful idea. Glorious!!! hugs Hilary

  • Thanks so much for your enthusiasm Hilary, your continuous support means much to me.

    – Peter Zentjens

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