Say goodbye to 2022 and welcome the new year with wishes for success, good health, and other wishes with Japanese charms.

Wishing for better grades? Look for a charm with the kanji 学業成就 (gakugyou jouju, academic achievement). This will help you reach your learning goals or pass the test.

Traffic safety
These charms with the characters 交通安全 (koutsu anzen, traffic safety) come in different sizes, colors, and designs. Don’t you own a car? No problem; you can still get special bicycle charms at some temples.

Some require a little bit of help when it comes to love. 縁結 (enmusubi, marriage) is often seen as a lucky charm for romantic purposes. However, this may lead to you making good friends. It will help you connect and socialize with others!

Look for 商売繁盛 (shoubai hanjou, prosperous business) in gleaming gold or yellow to increase your financial luck. Keep this charm close to your wallet—or better yet, inside—and it may soon be overflowing!

Protection against evil
The very first omamori 厄除 (yakuyoke, warding off evil) offers protection against bad luck or evil. This amulet is always useful, even if you’ve been unlucky or are simply confused about which to buy.

You should stop by at least one shrine or temple, whether you live in Japan or are just traveling. Be sure to bring an omamori home for yourself or a loved one!