Engi-kumade is traditional Japanese Good Luck charm, long believed to draw in fortune and make your business thrive. These items are sold mainly at tori-no-ichi, festivals held in November at Shinto shrines nationwide. In Tokyo, one notable such festival held each year at Asakusa.
Originally, this charm consisted of four claws, depicting those of an eagle tightly grabbing its prey. Eventually, this changed to a five-clawed rake, believed to allow one to “rake in” good fortune. The charm is adorned with a number of luck ornaments. These include a smiling female mask called an okame, which represents good fortune, an image of a sea bream, an auspicious fish seen in countless celebrations in Japan, a gold coin for business success. Engi-kumade comes in various sizes. To bring increasingly good luck, some recommend buying a larger rake than the one you had the year before.
Both exotic and attractive, small Engi-kumade rakes make excellent souvenirs for those who appreciate Japan and its culture. For more information on tori-no-ichi festivals, where Engi-kumade rakes are often on sale, contact our Guest relation.
Updated: 21 November, 2017