Since ancient times, engimono(lucky charms )have been popular in various parts of Japan.
Engimono is not so stoic as a religion, and it is a good luck charm with a wish for good fortune, which is different from simple goods.
I would like to introduce such Japanese Engimono.
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- 1 Engimono(lucky charms) from all over Japan
- 1.1 Rake (gathering fortune, good luck)
- 1.2 Shisa (Amulet)
- 1.3 Daruma doll (home safety, amulet)
- 1.4 Fukusuke (inviting good fortune, prosperous business)
- 1.5 Tanuki(prosperous business)
- 1.6 Crane and tortoise (longevity)
- 1.7 Gourd (good health)
- 1.8 Inuhariko (easy childbirth, good health)
- 1.9 Pine, bamboo and plum (longevity, prosperity of descendants)
- 1.10 Owl (hard work, academic achievement)
- 1.11 Gavel (fortune)
- 1.12 Sea bream（auspicious）
- 1.13 Maneki-neko/lucky cat (financial luck, prosperous business)
- 2 Engimono tenugui
Engimono(lucky charms) from all over Japan
Rake (gathering fortune, good luck)
A rake is a popular everyday tool for raking up dead leaves.
Because of its usage, it has become a lucky charm with the image of “collecting good luck, fortune, and financial luck.”
The sale at Tori no Ichi is especially famous, and it is said that it is good to keep buying bigger rakes every year.
Rakes are generally decorated with auspicious motifs such as Otafuku, Ebisu, Daikoku, Atariya, and Koban.
Shisa is a talisman familiar to Okinawan households, and is a lion that is believed to ward off evil spirits.
It is generally placed on the roof, on the gatepost, in front of the entrance, etc.
They are often placed in pairs rather than alone, with the one with the mouth open being the male and the one with the mouth closed being the female.
Daruma doll (home safety, amulet)
Daruma is a lucky charm with the motif of Bodhidharma Daishi, who is considered to be the founder of Zen Buddhism in ancient China.
In addition to blessings for family safety and protection against evil, it is popular as a lucky charm for the fulfillment of wishes.
Since ancient times, it has been common to sell them with the whites of their eyes, and there is a custom to add black eyes when a wish comes true.
Daruma dolls are often used in elections, and when politicians win elections, Newspapers and television often report on politicians painting their eyes black.
Fukusuke (inviting good fortune, prosperous business)
Fukusuke is a male doll with a large head and topknot.
It has been popular as a lucky charm that invites good fortune and is said to bring benefits for prosperous business.
Tanuki （ the raccoon dog） is popular as a Shigaraki ware doll, and is said to bring prosperity in business.
Tanuki is depicted wearing an umbrella and holding a tokkuri (sake bottle) and passbook.
It is a popular Engimono in Japan, and is often displayed at the entrance of restaurants and shops because of its charm and charm.
Crane and tortoise (longevity)
Cranes and turtles are famous symbols of longevity, and are engimono that are believed to bring good luck in longevity.
There is an ancient folklore that cranes live for 1000 years and turtles live for 10,000 years, so they are a symbol of longevity.
Gourd (good health)
The plant gourd is a lucky charm that is said to bring benefits such as good health.
The shape is small at the top and widens toward the bottom, suggesting the gradual development of business, and is considered auspicious.
It is said that if you line up six gourds, it will be a good luck charm for good health.
Inuhariko is a dog doll made of paper.
Since dogs give birth to many children in good health, it has been said that there is a benefit for safe childbirth.
The deformed dog figure is very cute and is a popular Engimono even today.
Pine, bamboo and plum (longevity, prosperity of descendants)
The combination of pine, bamboo and plum is engimono, and it is a must-have for the celebration party.
Pine trees, bamboo trees, and plum trees have been appreciated for their ability to retain their greenery even in harsh winters and for their ability to flower.
It is a festive motif that is indispensable for weddings.
In Japan, pine, bamboo, and plum are also used to rank products.
Owl (hard work, academic achievement)
Owls are also symbols of wisdom in many parts of the world and are considered beneficial for academic achievement.
The gavel is said to be owned by the god Daikoku, and it is said to bring good fortune, good fortune, and financial luck when wielded.
In Japan, sea bream is popular as a lucky charm because of its magnificent appearance.
Sea bream is valued in Japan as an indispensable fish for occasions such as childbirth, marriage, and promotion.
In Japan, sea bream is not just a food item, but an important fish that takes root in celebrations.
Maneki-neko/lucky cat (financial luck, prosperous business)
A maneki-neko is a cat doll with one hand raised, and is said to bring good luck with money and prosperous business.
Generally speaking, a cat with its right hand raised is said to bring good luck with money, and a cat with its left hand raised is said to invite customers.
He is often seen holding a koban.
It is a engimono that is often displayed at restaurants and shops.
Tenugui is a type of traditional Japanese towel（Size ：Approximately 35cm x 90cm）.
Engimono has many cute designs.
Engimono Tenugui is a is a traditional Japanese towel with the design motifs of lucky charms from all over Japan.
Engimono tenugui can be purchased from online shops(we dont International Shipments.sorry.).