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Bad Signs Bring Good Fortune

2005

People were asked to send in lines from novels, songs, and all sort of phrases used in public, and these were used to create one hundred new omikuji* as a revelation from contemporary society. Visitors to the exhibit were then asked to take one and attempt an interpretation with the original text in original form, which was also exhibited.

*omikuji or written oracles, can be found at shrines and temples in Japan. Originally, omikuji were a means of receiving a message from the gods in order to determine one's fortune or to make decisions.

 

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