In need of some good fortune to start the year right? Then it’s time to get your hands on amulets that can provide you with better luck and protection! Japanese lucky charms, or omamori in its native tongue, have a vast assortment; just take your pick on which to buy.

Omamori contains inscriptions on wood or paper that are said to grant good luck and protection to those who own them. In modern Japan, they are recognized as ideal souvenirs that are bought in temples and shrines. Let’s take a look at some types and examples of omamori:

Most common examples of omamori:
Katsumori – for general success or achieving your goals
Yakuyoke – for warding off misfortune and ill omens
Kenko – wishing for good health in general

More specific types of omamori:
Kanai-anzen – for the safety and welfare of one’s family
Shobai-hanjo – for business, career, and financial growth or success
Byoki-heyu – for wishing someone who’s ill to recover from their sickness

Although there are others that people can choose from, all omamori share similar important rules that must be followed. The most crucial rule is to keep them as is and never attempt to open them. Doing so would cause the blessings to depart, thus making the omamori useless. Another is keeping them on your person or held onto what they need to protect. If the omamori is old, damaged, or soiled, they must be brought back to the temple where they are purchased for proper disposal.

We have different needs and hopes every new year, and a little touch of extra luck can make a huge difference. For this year, which omamori have you set your heart on?