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Omikuji, random fortunes written on strips of paper at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan, tied around the branches of a pine tree and virtually everywhere else. The reason for the pine tree (松の木 - matsu no ki) is that it is a play on words with the Japanese word for the verb 'to wait' (待つ - matsu). Photo by hoshisato. Tree filled with Omikuji, Izumo Taisha. 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.
Daimyo Fence 大名竹垣
A completed Daimyo fence set above a stone knee wall. An additional horizontal bamboo of smaller diameter is added to help accentuate the broom effect. Additional half-culms are added to the top of the fence. Fasteners are hidden with decorative black palm rope. You can see how these knots are tied in this video on Simple Japanese knots.