Published By: Jayati

How about bringing some good luck into your life in Japanese style?

Having a rough time and want to turn your luck around? Why not give some Japanese good luck charms a shot? 

In Japan, there are a bunch of symbols that people think bring good luck and fortune. Some make cool souvenirs, and others have interesting stories behind them. We all could use a bit of good luck now and then, and Japan's got just the thing for that! Even if you're not into believing in their special powers, it's a neat way to learn more about Japan and its culture. So, keep scrolling and check them out!

Seven Lucky Gods Figurines 

Imagine surprising someone with a set of figurines embodying the seven lucky gods of Japan! Each god brings a unique piece of good fortune—from abundance and good health to wealth, commerce, and trade. It's like wishing someone a future filled with success in every aspect of life. How cool is that?

Omikuji aka paper fortunes

These little paper strips with predictions have a touch of magic! You can snag them at shrines and temples in Japan by making a small donation. If the prediction is good, you keep it, holding onto that luck. If it's not so great, tie it up with the others on a wire or string at the shrine, leaving that bad luck behind. When you're in Japan, swing by almost any shrine or Buddhist temple to snag one. And hey, if you can't make it in person, you can always grab them online. 

Maneki Neko aka the beckoning cat 

Embrace some good fortune with the charming Maneki Neko, a cat figurine believed to bring luck into your life. The classic version mirrors Japanese bobtail cats with a calico coat, but nowadays, they come in various types and colours. Typically, one or both paws are cheerfully raised. In English, they're affectionately known as "waving cats" due to the paw position, while in Japan, it's a beckoning gesture with the palm facing down. Some even interpret it as a cat raising a paw to wash itself. What an adorable way to welcome luck into your world!

Good Luck Kokeshi Doll 

Originally sold to tourists exploring the hot springs in the northeast of Japan, kokeshi dolls have stood the test of time and remain popular today. Over the years, they have evolved, and modern kokeshi dolls are crafted for various purposes, serving as Japanese good luck gifts, wedding presents, and much more.


Another captivating Japanese good luck charm is the Koinobori, carp-shaped streamers traditionally displayed each year for Children's Day in April. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, Koinobori are believed to symbolise the wish for children's health. Every spring, millions of these streamers adorn Japanese homes and riversides. The tradition of Koinobori originates from a Chinese legend depicting the carp's journey upstream, transforming into a dragon.

Laughing Buddha aka Hotei 

You're likely familiar with these and might already have one or two Laughing Buddhas in your house! If not, they could certainly be a must-pick for inviting good luck! In both Chinese and Japanese cultures, the Laughing Buddha holds significance for bringing happiness and prosperity. Many also believe that rubbing their belly brings good luck. Now you know why many people keep touching the Laughing Buddha's belly in Japanese temples!

Golden Lucky Turtle 

The golden turtle symbol has been quite a trend lately. People believe it brings ‘monetary luck’ when you put two inside your wallet or purse. You can also place it on your work desk or calculator for some business or career luck. Also, it's a perfect gift for the elderly since the tortoise/turtle symbolises long life and good health. 

You know, good luck charms are all about bringing a touch of magic into our lives. And when it comes to these Japanese charms, they're not just symbols of luck – they're like tiny works of art, adding beauty to your space. Having them around doesn't just bring luck; it elevates the vibe with their artistic presence!