In 2021, fans of the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka noticed that when she was playing for the Australian Open (which she won), their idol had a small red fabric satchel decorated with a golden motif attached to her racket bag. Her Japanese fans immediately realized what it was: the Shirasaki Hachimangu Shrine Certain Victory Omamori, which has since become a must-have for people who play sports or who are studying hard for a college or other examination.
All Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan sell these small amulets called omamori. In the case of the Shirasaki Hachimangu Shrine Certain Victory Omamori, it is from a shrine in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, founded in 1250 and dedicated to the war deity Hachiman. It is 8 x 4.8 cm (3.1 x 1.9"), comes in a beautiful paulownia wood box, and is available in red or black. It has been blessed by the priests of the shrine and is decorated with a tiger motif and the words "Certain Victory" embroidered in Japanese in gold on a brocade background, just like the one hanging from Naomi Osaka's racket bag!
Specs and Features:
- For sporting or study success
- Made famous by tennis champion Naomi Osaka
- Blessed by the priests of Shirasaki Hachimangu shrine in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture (founded in 1250)
- Color: red, black
- With red cord
- Dimensions: 8 x 4.8 cm (3.1 x 1.9")
- Material: brocade
- Comes with paulownia wood box