Japanese IC amulet for IT good luck

The always charming Mari diary today mentioned an odd Japanese amulet for good luck in the new year.

Japan  charm for IT security
Made by Kanda Myojin in Akihabara, they claim it’s “a charm for IT security” [IT情報安全守護 ]. I suspect that they made that “IT O-mamori” [お守り] good-luck charm with the rejected pieces of an IC memory. Using rejected parts sounds like bad luck to me.

Saint Philomena o-mamori voodoo charm

UPDATE:

I forgot to mention the o-mamori lucky charm I have for my car.

As you can see in the animation on the right, one side of my car o-mamori reads “Let’s-Safety-Driving” with lot of Japanese voodoo scrawled on it. On the other side, it has Saint Philomena, the patron saint of “lost causes”: prisoners, refugees, homeless and people needing their own space. That is to say, Philomena is the patron Saint of Parking Lost Causes, Tokyo.

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I'm a pale, alien, quadruped who has worked for 25+ years at "Maybe-the-Largest Inc." in Tokyo.

6 thoughts on “Japanese IC amulet for IT good luck”

  1. i’ve always been very interested in omamori’s. They are so beautiful and cute sometimes. This one is surprising! It’s oddly interesting.
    Nice blog btw

  2. Yes, those o-mamori are real cute–I have bisexual one on my car.

    One side of my car o-mamori reads “Let’s-Safety-Driving” with lot of Japanese voodoo scrawled on it. On the other side, it has Saint Philomena, the patron saint of “lost causes”: prisoners, refugees, homeless and people needing their own space. That is to say, Philomena is the patron Saint of Parking Lost Causes, Tokyo.

    L8r…

    Taro, the Blasphemer biculturally

  3. that’s interesting. I didn’t know that they also sell english or engrish ones. I treasure my normal one from Todaiji. :D It’s always good to see the special ones.

  4. thanks for the picture, but i am confused, i thought omamori’s are shinto amulets, why would they use the image of a saint?

  5. Yes, omamori’s are Shinto amulets but I noticed that my car omamori/amulets was the same size as an old saint card I found in my great aunt’s stuff so I made this bicultural omamori, hee, hee.

    Since technically I’m the patron/elder of a small local shrine located on my rice farm, I actually make omamori for all the folks of our hamlet, Onsen-gun, Ehime, Shikoku. After the initial shock of having a pale alien as the patron of of the shrine, now nobody thinks it’s odd. A traveling circuit-rider kind of shinto priest that helps out at my shrine thinks the local “kami” (shinto spirits/gods) are perfectly happy with Saint Philomena, if she doesn’t mind. Of course she doesn’t mind—Poor Saint Philomena was“delisted” as saint a several years ago by the Roman Catholic Church along with Santa Claus and Saint George as being mythical.

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