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Yamaguchi shrine stands out by offering lucky charms for all needs

Jan 24, 2018

Yamaguchi shrine stands out by offering lucky charms for all needs

Kotozaki Hachimangu Shrine in the city of Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, sells over 800 varieties of colorful omamori (good luck charms), ranging from ones for anglers to travelers who want to avoid accidents. "We probably sell the greatest variety of omamori in Japan," said Katsunari Fujino, ...

Teen wins annual 'Lucky Man' footrace at Hyogo's Nishinomiya Shrine

Jan 10, 2018

Teen wins annual 'Lucky Man' footrace at Hyogo's Nishinomiya Shrine

An 18-year-old high school sprinter gearing up for university entrance exams won the annual "Lucky Man Run" early Wednesday morning at Nishinomiya Shrine in Hyogo Prefecture. Kurosu Sato, a third-year student from nearby Ashiya, beat out 107 other first-group runners to reach the main hall ...

Jun 1, 2017

Graffiti vandals deface 11 shrines in Awaji

Eleven shrines in Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, were hit by graffiti vandals from Tuesday to Wednesday and police suspect the same party was behind each case. The Awaji Police Department said the graffiti were first discovered at Izanagi Jingu Shrine on Tuesday afternoon. The daily Asahi ...