When the power of Japanese protection amulets backfires

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When visiting a temple in Japan, many visitors seek out omamori to take home with them and obtain good luck from. Often translated as “protection amulets” or “protection charms”, the small pouch amulets are meant to offer good fortune in pursuing goals such as number passing exams, wealth, health, safe childbirth, etc., and feature a corresponding kanji on the front representing that goal.

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Nyasu (@nyasufuji) may be thinking they picked up a different kind by mistake, however. The Japanese Twitter user recently was set into a panic by the amulet they had gotten to curry good fortune, when they noticed it was carrying the power of possibly starting a fire in their car!

Nyasu shared a video of the phenomenon occurring where they had set up the amulet near their car’s rear window:

焦った

煙が見えるから何だと思ったら、お守りの吸盤がレンズになって収斂火災起こしてた…
※この後すぐ外した pic.twitter.com/6mBXUGTd5N

— にゃす( ΦωΦ ) (@nyasufuji) March 30, 2022

So did Nyasu underestimate the amulet’s power? Well, not in any way that can’t be explained scientifically. As they shared with their video, it turns out the placement of charm’s car window suction cup is to blame.:

I freaked out.

I saw smoke and thought something was up, and it turns out the window attachable suction cup on my protection amulet had become a lens and causing a concentrating fire. Right after this I took it.

As it turns out, a concentration of sunlight resulted in a lens-effect fire, with the suction cup used to attach to the car window aggravating things and ultimately focusing on the tray Nyasu uses for their sunglasses at the back of the car. While they reacted before things could get out of hand, the smoke definitely set off some alarms in their head.

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