Start the year right with amulets that give you extra luck and protection! Omamori, or Japanese lucky charms, have various types and meanings. All you need to do is set some goals and take your pick.

Omamori consists of messages engraved on either wood or paper that are believed to provide good fortune and safety to the owner. These lucky charms are also considered perfect mementos to bring back home, tourist or not. Let’s have a look at some types of omamori that are bought in temples and shrines:

Most common examples of omamori:
Katsumori – for general success or to achieve something you wished for
Yakuyoke – for keeping bad luck and disasters away from the owner
Kenko – for health protection

More specific types of omamori:
Kanai-anzen – for the wellbeing of one’s family
Shobai-hanjo – for business and financial growth
Byoki-heyu – a “get well soon” charm for one who’s sick

There is no definite way to tell what omamori is ideal. According to a Shinto priest, the omamori itself will reach out to call you. That being said, which omamori do you need this year?