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What are the Japanese symbols for Long Happy Life?

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This solution discusses the different types of Japanese symbols and charms and how they relate to a long happy life.

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In Japan charms, amulets and talismans are collectively known as omamori. The word literally means to protect or defend, and these items are intended to offer protection against a wide range of problems and uncertainties including sickness, shipwrecks, fires, painful childbirths and other misfortunes.

Omamori are often small pieces of paper or cloth with the name of a god or special invocation written on them. Ofuda are another type of good luck charm. They are generally thin, oblong pieces of wood displaying the picture of a god or the name of a shrine or temple. The difference between ofuda and omamori is rather vague, but both are considered sacred and are distributed as good luck charms by Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. The difference between the two lies mainly in the way they are used rather than in their appearance. Originally, omamori were kept in bamboo tubes or worn ...

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