Praying to God or making a wish is a common custom all times and places. Especially in Japanese peoples’ mind, Shinto spirit, in other words, the sense of feeling God's presence or customs to believe in God are deeply rooted. A typical example is the principle of “all the gods and goddesses”, which is a thought that the God is in everything. That’s why ancient Japanese people valued everything to use without wasting them. This might have been a wisdom of ancient Japanese people to survive in poor times. The belief that the God will punish you if you waste things has been passed down to the present day.
As mentioned above, Japanese people are keen about praying to God or making a wish and believe in superstitions to bring good luck. Those superstitions or lucky charms are even used for gifts, celebrations, or weddings.
Today we would like to introduce good traditional fortune items that have sophisticated design and elegant color.
Tinware Representing Mt. Fuji, Made by Nousaku
Tinware means tableware made of tin, and they have been used for Shinto ritual events since a long time ago. This is because tin has been believed to keep off evil. In fact, tin has physical properties of being resistant to oxidization and corrosion. Following gold and silver, tin is the third most precious expensive metal and believed to purify water or sake.
Nousaku tinware is designed with a motif of Mt. Fuji, which is the highest mountain in Japan. Mt. Fuji is a typical good fortune motif because of its height and beautiful shape widening towards the end. Furthermore, its connection with Ieyasu Tokugawa, who is one of the best commanders in the history of Japan, is another reason.
Nousaku tinware is a combination of tinware and Mt. Fuji and the best fortune item to pray for happiness, victory, prosperity, peace and health. It is good for gifts, celebrations, expression of gratitude as well as for protective charm.
Tinware Representing Inverted Mt. Fuji, Made by Gingado
The same as Nousaku tinware, this is also a sake drinkware representing Mt. Fuji. The difference is that Gingado drinkware is designed with a motif of “inverted” Mt. Fuji. The inverted image of Mt. Fuji is reflected on the top of poured sake.
This inverted image of Mt. Fuji is not always seen in reality. It can appear only when several climate conditions are met. This makes people adore inverted Mt. Fuji as a symbol of good luck. So, Gingado drinkware with a motif of inverted Mt. Fuji is also recommended for gifts.
Various Japanese Good Fortune Items and Craftworks
Besides Mt. Fuji, Japan has a lot of good fortune symbols such as crane, turtle, Sakura and Ume. These symbols are often used in Japanese craftworks, and that’s why they are ideal for gifts to bring good luck. Why don’t you give your favorite people these good fortune items with heartful messages expressing your love, gratitude and wishes?