Anahachimangu Shrine within walking distance from campuses

It’s almost about a month since the start of the New Year.

Entrance of Anahachimangu Shrine

Located right opposite Toyama campus just a few minutes walk from Waseda campus, most Wasedians or Waseda students would probably have seen the Anahachimangu Shrine before. Every year, for a limited period, the shrine gives out the return-of-spring omamori (Japanese charms or amulets) to visitors. Since December 22 last year, they have been doing so and will be giving out omamori until February 3, 2019.

Temporary shops at Anahachimangu Shrine

Besides its literal meaning, the “return-of-spring” is often used as an analogy for the favorable return of good luck (as in “spring”) after bad fortune (as in “winter solstice”). As such, the return-of-spring omamori is particularly well known among people working in banks and the financial sector because it is said to bring good luck and fortune to businesses as a new year begins. Of course, there are also people who visit the Anahachimangu Shrine to simply pray for the wellness and health of themselves and the people around them.

People praying at Anahachimangu Shrine

If you happen to pass by Waseda, you might want to consider paying the shrine a visit.

People queuing up to receive return-of-spring omamori

Waseda Universiy wishes you and everyone good health and luck in this brand new year.

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