おみくじ, courtesy of the Internets, or, CYBER OMIKUJI 2099

typed for your pleasure on 17 July 2005, at 8.19 pm

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Browsing iichan‘s Miko board, I ran across something fab — an Internet version of omikuji. Omikuji are fortunes that you draw when you visit a Shinto shrine in Japan. The traditional process has you shake a container filled with narrow sticks, and you randomly pull a stick out of the container’s hole. You then go over to a series of small drawers, and open the drawer indicated by the number on the stick, and pull out a slip of paper that tells your fortune. This version simply has you select a box, and your outcome will be one of the following:

大吉 (dai-kichi, great blessing), excellent
中吉 (chuu-kichi, middle blessing), average luck
小吉 (shou-kichi, small blessing), moderate luck
吉 (kichi, blessing), standard luck
末吉 (sue-kichi, near-blessing), meh
凶 (kyou, curse), a curse, obviously
大凶 (dai-kyou, great curse), Screwed

Purely by accident (or was it Fate??), I clicked on one, and this is what I received:

Time to send out some more resumes!

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2 have spoken to “おみくじ, courtesy of the Internets, or, CYBER OMIKUJI 2099”

  1. robin writes:

    I like the Japanese tradition of Omikuji fortune telling, if you don’t like the fortune, you stick it to the tree in the temple and the bad luck stays there instead of coming with you
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/omikuji-fortune-paper-vending-machines-kyoto/

  2. Davecat writes:

    That’s a fab idea, really — the tree absorbs your bad luck on your behalf! An awful job, but I suppose someone has to do it. 🙂

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