All About Japan

Charms That Will Keep Your Phone Safe!

Shrines Smartphones

Novelty item maker Kitan Club has released a line of smartphone pouches styled like omamori, the protective amulets sold at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples across Japan.

While omamori are typically around the length of an adult’s pinkie, Kitan Club’s are 150 millimeters (5.9 inches) long and 80 millimeters (3.1 inches) wide. Instead of being sewn shut at the top, you can loosen the cords and slip your phone in for safekeeping when it’s not in use.

Orthodox versions of the amulets are bought by those seeking good luck in health, romance, business or academics, but the embroidered kanji characters on Kitan Club’s smartphone omamori announce a different set of specialized purposes.

For example, if you seek protection against bad reception, you might want to purchase the white one. However, if you're accident prone and drop your phone a lot, we recommend getting the blue one, which protects against screen cracks.

Two of the more useful omamori protect you against online flame wars (left) and running out of battery charge (right).

And finally, you can get protection against people not noticing your messages in their inbox/ignoring them (left), and against people peeking at your screen (right).

All six designs went on sale on June 10, 2016 in gachapon capsule toy vending machines nationwide, priced at ¥300 (US$2.70). We should mention that Kitan Club’s omamori are not actually blessed by Shinto priests or Buddhist monks, so they may or may not provide any actual benefits... except, of course, for looking very cool.

Read full story:

Related Stories:
New Japanese gacha capsule vending machine toys bring you sheep’s clothing to dress your cats in
Now you can buy badass bandanas for your cat... from a vending machine
Give your smartphone the rest it deserves with its very own Japanese futon