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20 Questions: The best answers of 2017

People | 20 QUESTIONS Dec 31, 2017

20 Questions: The best answers of 2017

What brought you to Japan? I came here for the magic. Osaka is home to some of the best close-up magicians in the world. — Ben Daggers, magician Richard Brezina | COURTESY OF RICHARD BREZINA What's your favorite Japanese word or phrase? I like Japanese tongue-twisters; my ...

The past, present and future of fortunetelling

Reference | FYI Apr 21, 2009

The past, present and future of fortunetelling

by Alex Martin

From the traditional "omikuji" — sacred lots — people draw at shrines and temples to learn their New Year's fortunes, to the horoscopes displayed on commuter train video screens to distract strap-hangers, Japanese society is immersed in fortunetelling. Famously accepting of different religions simultaneously — ...