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    Omikuji (おみくじ) are random fortunes written on strips of paper at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan.

    The omikuji predicts the person's chances of his or her hopes coming true, of finding a good match, or generally matters of health, fortune, life, etc. When the prediction is bad, it is a custom to fold up the strip of paper and attach it to a pine tree in the temple grounds. A purported reason for this custom is a pun on the word for pine tree (松 matsu) and the verb 'to wait' (待つ matsu), the idea being that the bad luck will wait by the tree rather than attach itself to the bearer. In the event of the fortune being good, the bearer should keep it. Though nowadays, this custom seems more of a children's amusement, omikuji are available at most shrines, and remain one of the traditional activities related to shrine-going, if lesser. (Wikipedia)

    Taken during the FTPS February 2009 Photomeet.

    [Photo Archive] February 2009
    Location: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
    Camera: Nikon D80 + Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM
    © Kalandrakas | www.jessleecuizon.com

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    1. .I Travel East. 63 months ago | reply

      Wow!!! Napaka-interesting nito, Jess!!! Husay ng framing at exposure!!!

    2. .niCky. 63 months ago | reply

      great timing !nice shot aas always : )

    3. ceceyy [here every now & then] 63 months ago | reply

      Fantastic!

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    4. Virtual Zavie 63 months ago | reply

      Very cinematic image.

    5. emvillasenor 63 months ago | reply

      galing! kala ko spider man. hehe

    6. takafumionodera 63 months ago | reply

      This is interesting framing! Good shot!

    7. manuel morrison 63 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the information, very interesting.
      Great perspective

    8. fleshmeatdoll 63 months ago | reply

      nice shot, indeed.

    9. CVNguyen 63 months ago | reply

      very nice shot..

    10. artur sikora 63 months ago | reply

      perfect. very well seen and composed. love the feeling of that image!

    11. c.feuer 63 months ago | reply

      wonderful shot!!

    12. G O M [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

      Very nice.
      by the way, I got 大吉.

    13. hommik 63 months ago | reply

      Nice

      Thanks for Interesting information

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    14. Fantasiateka 62 months ago | reply

      nice framing, it's difficult to make an original shot of this, good job. Contrast make it look like a movie scene too.

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    16. saiju sreedharan 62 months ago | reply

      wow ! i love this shot my friend...

    17. sɐanosaurus [ショーンオザウルス] 62 months ago | reply

      Very cinematic composure! Well done!

    18. Trig::Photographie 61 months ago | reply

      Beautifully composed!! very cinematic!!

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G vs Sigma 30mm f/1.4, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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