A lot of Japanese women want a guy that tells them several times a day how much he loves them.For some reason (maybe through the consumption of too many Hollywood movies) Japanese women think that foreign men are like that!
That makes Dai Jingu powerful in just about any category of wish fulfillment.During the New Year holidays, the line to pray can be a three hour wait. Though the compact grounds are always full of well-dressed young women -- most choose their outfit especially for this important visit -- with a sprinkling of equally nicely turned-out men.Even Sanrio's Hello Kitty gets in on the romance with pair charms for dating couples. The love knot (enmusubi means 'tied together') is common for love charms.Japanese men seem to expect certain things from a woman.Things that they fear a foreign woman would not agree to do (e.g.Omikuji -- fortune telling papers -- are a must to see if those romantic dreams will get off to a smooth start. Hopeful romantics write their wishes on the back and hang it in the shrine grounds for the Gods.To give you an idea of how pervasive Dai Jingu's reputation is, Narita International Airport did a tie-up with the shrine for Valentine's Day this year called "Nari-Koi".Every day, loads of visitors crowd here to pray for lasting love and line up for one of the double-cat charms in hopes of taking some of that love luck home. Husband and wife, they are two of the most revered gods in the Shinto pantheon. On the street, walk to the left along Edo Dori (boulevard) with the river on your right.The shrine chose the cats in a brilliant PR move long ago to symbolize the heavenly couple. Walk for about ten minutes, you'll see a large baseball field and sports center. You'll pass a Sunkus convenience store and several coffee shops.People may light an incense or put a little offering like a flower in their shrine to express their gratitude and devotion.Spirituality and Love have many different meanings and expressions in peoples lives.