Explore Good Fortune Symbols in Japan

Japanese Lucky Symbols

Mt. Fuji is a national symbol of Japan and has long been famous as a lucky charm.

Famous Lucky Charms in Japan

beckoning cat

MANEKINEKO, a beckoning cat is a traditional Japanese figurine widely known as a lucky charm. It is a statue of a cat with one hand raised, either the right or left hand, with its palm facing towards itself. The beckoning cat with its right hand raised is used to beckon customers, while the one with the left hand raised is believed to bring wealth and prosperity.


"Ema" is a traditional Japanese lucky charm in the form of a small wooden plaque with a picture or message drawn on it, which is dedicated to Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples. People write their wishes or draw pictures with their wishes on these plaques and dedicate them. In Japan, it is believed that by dedicating an "ema" at a shrine, one can receive the blessings of the gods worshipped there.

WHY is Mt. FUJI worshiped ?

There are several reasons why Mt. Fuji is associated with good fortune:

First, Mt. Fuji is considered a symbol of beauty and purity in Japan because of its majestic appearance. It has been revered by Japanese people as a symbol of beauty and purity. Despite its active volcanic activity, it has caused few damages, making it a symbol of longevity, health, and safety.

There are more and more in Japan.

Turtle – As a creature that symbolizes longevity and health, it is a symbol of good luck in Japan.

Crane – As a bird that symbolizes longevity and happiness, it has an important place in Japanese culture and traditions.

There are various lucky charms in Japan. Lucky items are said to bring good luck and good fortune.