The amulets come in different shapes and sizes but are usually made of paper or wood with some of them being wrapped in cloth. Smaller amulets are known as Omamori ]. These ones are usually carried about ones person. Many school children tie them to their randoseru.
Lately there have been anime themed Omamori but many dont mention whether they have been blessed or not. If you are picking up an anime themed Omamori then you should treat it more like a novelty item or a token rather than something spiritual.
This is our local temple called Meguro Fudouson Ryusenji temple located in Meguro.
The temple was built in the year 808. In 1615, the temple was burned down in a fire but was restored under the Tokugawa shogunate in 1624.
The nearest stations are Musashikoyama and Nishikoyama on the Meguro line.
Inside the temple grounds is a place where you return all the amulets or talismans that have been protecting you throughout the year. From here, they are all burned as a respect to the deity who has been protecting you.
Amulets and talismans can be purchased from shrines or temples but you must return them to the place that you got them from - dont try to return an amulet that you bought from one temple to another temple. The difference between a shrine and a temple in a separate post - I (and even local Japanese folks) get confused between the two.
Inside the main temple. In the middle there is a box called Saisen Bako ] where you would throw money before making a prayer. You would often see the box drawn in Tohou illustrations.
Usually one would throw a 5 yen coin - the pronunciation for "5 yen" in Japanese is "Go-en" (pronounced "goh en") and is the same pronunciation as "ご縁" meaning "good luck or fate."
Behind the Saisen Bako is where one will see many priests blessing the amulets and talisman before they are handed over to the owner.
This chart outlines whether you are going to have a year of bad luck or not in 2012.
If your gender and age match any of the above then you can luckily ask a priest in the temple grounds to ward off evil spirits and purify you - and yes it will cost you extra. Amulets and talisman will also help negate the bad luck. But even after a blessing or being armed with an amulet, you are not rid of your year of bad luck - just proceed with caution for that year ^^;
Here are the different types of amulets and talisman that you can buy - all of these do different things. Once you have placed your order, you will need to wait for a while because your personalized amulet or talisman are blessed in the main temple. You can sit and watch if you want but remember to take off your shoes.
This form needs to be filled in and boxes should be checked depending on what type of protection or luck you want which are:-
-Ward off calamity
-Safety for family
-Prayers are fulfilled
-Prevent my current illness from getting worse
-Save me from these rough seas
-Safety for family+Flourishing business combo pack
-Safety for family+Good health combo pack
Which would you choose?