In Japan, there are many shrines and Buddhist temples that enshrine gods and Buddha. The term “Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples” (Jinja Bukkaku) is used to include both shrines and temples and can be read separately as “kami” (gods) and “yashiro” (shrines) and “takadono” (Buddha). The word “shrine” can also mean a “hokora” which means temple, and the word “takadono” which refers to a magnificent palace. In short, we can see that both words refer to buildings. In other words, shrines and temples are buildings that enshrine both Shinto Gods and Buddha. The first two letters represent Shinto (shrines), and the following two letters represent Buddhism (temples).
This might be attributed to the mere sensitivity of the Japanese people, who have no specific gods or religions. and often feel invisible power over all things in the forest, but shrines and temples are often mentioned as places that lead to good luck (power spots).
At this time of year, when we have more opportunities to visit shrines and temples, we would like to introduce some power spots both in Japan and overseas.
1.Increase Your Luck In Finance
■Fountain of Wealth (Singapore)
Singapore is a cosmopolitan city that has prospered as a trading hub since ancient times. The Fountain of Wealth (built in 1995/recognized by the Guinness Book of Records in 1998), located in the grounds of the Suntec City Mall in the Marina district of Singapore, is the world’s largest fountain designed based on Feng Shui. In Feng Shui, water is a symbol of wealth, so it is said that the fountain was designed with the surrounding skyscrapers in mind as symbolic of fingers grasping money in their palms. The practice of tracing a circle around three times in the water with your finger this fountain with your right hand has become a tourist attraction as a power spot to increase money luck and financial strength. One thing to remember is that you can only touch the fountain for a certain amount of time, so be sure to check the facility’s website beforehand…
2.Luck in Work
■Charging Bull (USA)
This bronze statue of a bull was created by sculptor Arturo Di Modica in the hope that it would boost the stock prices of the U.S. economy, which was depressed after Black Monday (New York stock market crash) in 1986. Not only is this dynamic silhouette alone full of power, but the statue also became world famous as a power spot after it became widely known that Wall Street stockbrokers touched the statue every morning on their way to work to pray for a rise in stock prices and success in their jobs, leading to the relation between the words “bull market” and “bull”. The statue was first installed without permissions in front of the New York Stock Exchange in December 1989, but later settled down in the current location of Bowling Green due to passionate protests from the public. Through such anecdotes, one can feel the incredible power of the bronze statue.
3.Luck in Health
■Machu Picchu Ruins (Peru)
Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, is considered to be one of the most beautiful ancient ruins in the world. Because it is located at the top of the mountain at an altitude of 2,280 meters, it cannot be seen from the foot of the mountain and is also called the “City in the Air”.It is said that the spectacular view purifies and cleanses the mind of those who see it. In the ruins of Machu Picchu, it is still unknown why the city was built in the mountains about 114 km northwest of Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. Intihuatana, the highest granite rock in the ruins of Machu Picchu, is said to be the most powerful spot in the city, and biggest power spot in the ruins. It is said that f you hold your hand over the stone, you can receive divine power.
4.Luck in Love
■Tin Hau Temple (Hong Kong)
Tin Hau Temple is a temple located in various parts of Hong Kong that is home to many different deities. The largest of these is the Tin Hau Temple at Repulse Bay (a beach in the south of Hong Kong Island). It is said that the Moon God is the god of love and marriage, and that if you stroke the marriage stone next to the Moon God and that, if they are connected, a man and woman can meet even if they are 1,000 miles apart, and many people visit the temple as a power spot for romantic success. Unlike the Japanese gods, these gods are very colorful, resembling that of a theme park, which is very Hong Kong-like. However, this is also a way to show children what God is like is a simplistic way, and to make them feel closer to God, sacred being, by showing them the religion based on Feng Shui in various forms and shapes.
Repulse Bay was also the setting for the famous Hollywood movie “Love is A Many Splendored Thing” If interested, why not check out the movie as well?
Finally, for those of you who want to improve your luck in general… I’m here to help you.
■Takayama Inari Shrine
Takayama Inari Shrine, located in Tsugaru City, Aomori Prefecture, is on a hill with a wonderful view of the Japanese Sea. After climbing more than a hundred stone steps to the shrine, you will see there is a Shinto Garden in the vicinity, and beyond that, a beautiful Japanese garden with multiple rows of Senbon Torii gates. Once you pass through the Senbon Torii, you will see a fantastic view of the shrine and the foxes, the messengers of the gods, as if you have wandered into another world.It is said to be very beneficial for a good harvest, safety at sea, and prosperity in business, but it is also known for all sorts of other beliefs such as household safety, fishing, protection on the road, and healing of illness It is said that many people from all over Japan visit this Inari Shrine for its spiritual power.