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