Takubo Straw amuret ornament "Iwai-dori"
The rooster has long been regarded as a divine messenger and is often used as a ritual motif. From the Japanese name, the rooster motif is also used to wish prosperity in business.
Shimenawa, straw amulets, made from rice straw by the Japanese Kai family, who have been growing and braiding rice straw into traditional objects of good fortune for generations. Based in the township of Takachiho, Miyazaki prefecture, an old, sacred ground, sometimes called a “mythic village”, each Shimenawa shape and knot type offers a different story, from guarding against evil to bearing good luck.