Day 6: Visiting the Jigokudani monkey park (地獄谷野猿公苑) in Yamanouchi (山ノ内) and the Zenkō-ji-temple in Nagano (長野)
Had rice with chestnuts for lunch, mhmmm! Meeting new friends Yay! Jigokudani Monkey Park
25 minutes walk here we are so many monkeys! some were taking a bath in the hot springs sleepy? this pose *lol* Next stop:
Zenko-ji Temple Omikuji おみくじ (fortune-telling paper strips)
Pay and choose one ^_^
女 is for ladies (right) and 男 for men (left)Yay, 大吉!! (Dai-kichi means great blessing)
It’s the best one you can have!
Great blessing (dai-kichi, 大吉)
Middle blessing (chū-kichi, 中吉)
Small blessing (shō-kichi, 小吉)
Blessing (kichi, 吉)
Half-blessing (han-kichi, 半吉)
Ending blessing (sue-kichi, 末吉)
Ending small blessing (sue-shō-kichi, 末小吉)
Curse (kyō, 凶)
Small curse (shō-kyō, 小凶)
Half-curse (han-kyō, 半凶)
Ending curse (sue-kyō, 末凶)
Great curse (dai-kyō, 大凶)They recommend you to keep the good fortune (for example in a wallet or purse). You can also tie your fortune paper to a tree
or pole just next to the temple, as I did. Especially the “bad” ones have to be left at the temple. Never take a bad fortune home with you!Ema 絵馬 are small wooden plaques.
Write your wish on these wooden plates and then leave them at the shrine. May your wish comes true :) Souvenirs…
and Mokeke again :))
Wow it looks like you got so close to the monkeys and they’re so adorable! Are the stuffies you got various vegetables? Congrats on getting the best blessing!
Most of the Mokeke are actually “aliens”. Some of them represent a speciality from the Japanese region, so it could be a fruit, vegetable, famous character or animal ^_^