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Five-yen Coin

  • Five-yen Coin


    Usually, there is saisenbako (賽銭箱) in Japanese shrines and temples.

    Saisen (賽銭) means money that is dedicated when you pray for something to gods/Buddha, or when your prayer was fulfilled.

    In addition, bako/hako (箱) means “box,” so saisenbako means an offertory box.
    また、「箱」は “box” を意味するので、「賽銭箱」はその金銭を入れる箱というわけです。

    The most popular coin to put in there is goen-dama (五円玉 – “five-yen coin”).

    This is because goen (五円 – “five-yen”) has the same sound as goen (ご縁), which means “relationship.”
    「五円」は ”relationship” を意味する「ご縁」と同音であるからです。

    People devote a five-yen coin in hopes of having a good encounter.

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