Lucky evil-repelling arrows of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine

Shrine staff at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu in Kamakura. A total of 245,000 arrows are being made. Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

Shrine staff at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu in Kamakura. A total of 245,000 arrows are being made. Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

Lucky arrows, hamaya, are symbols of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the god who protects samurai.

The lucky arrows are believed to ward off demons and bring blessings such as god performance on entrance exams.

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