Post Reply Kokkuri-san﹕ Japanese Ouiji-board
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Posted 3/8/09 , edited 3/8/09
In Japan, they do not have a UIJA board style fortune-telling device stores sell toys (or novelty shop) unlike in the USA. Instead there is Kokkuri-san (狐狗狸さん. こっくりさん). The three Chinese ideograms represent Kok (狐, kitsune. fox), Ku (狗, inu. Dog), and Ri (狸, tanuki. Badger or Japanise raccoon dog). The two Japanese hiragana alphabet さん (san) is same to Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms....

It is also called Cupid-san (キューピッドさん), エンジェルさま (Angel-sama), 守護天使様 (Shugotenshi-sama. Guardian Angel-sama), 分身さま (Bunshin-sama. Another self-sama), andキラキラさま (Kirakira-sama. The Shiny One-sama), etc. based on the different areas in Japan. To perform Kokkuri-san, at least two people (usually three people) are needed and a ten yen coin (10円玉) is used on the sheet of paper with the matrix of Kokkuri-san.

Historically speaking, Kokkuri-san is not originated in Japan. The word Kokkuri (こっくり) is a sound effect of the tipping object in Japan. Originally, this word, Kokkuri was used for the American style divination called “Table Tipping or Table Turning” because the table answers questions by tilting and in some dramatic cases, floating in the air.... When Ouiji board was imported later, it is also called Kokkuri. Needless to say, this produced confusion. Later, UIJA board style Kokkuri-san became more popular than the table style Kokkurisan...

during the Meiji era, there is a Japanese scholar, who produced intersetting scientific paper on it in so early a period. This scholar’s name is Enryō Inoue (井上円了). Dr. Inoue studied Kokkuri-san and produced a paper stating “It is resulted from unconscious muscle movements” (”無意識から生まれる筋肉運動である”) in 1887 (明治20年. The 20th year of Meiji era). Even today, as of year 2009 (122 year later!), Dr. Inoue’s theory on Kokkuri-san is still considered valid...

NOTE: Enryō Inoue (井上 円了, March 18, 1858 - June 6, 1919), Japanese, Buddhist philosopher, educator, and nationalist; one of the most influential Buddhists of the Meiji era. Ordained as a priest in his father's Jodo Shinshu Ōtani branch (眞宗大谷派). Graduated with a doctorate from Tokyo Imperial University in 1896 focusing mainly on Western philosophy. He renounced his status as a Buddhist priest, but remained committed to 'reforming Buddhism.' He is the founder what later became Toyo University (東洋大學). There Dr. Inoue established a new discipline for the study of the mysterious he called yokaigaku (妖怪學. Demonology).
He is most famous for Bukkyō Katsuron, 佛教活論 and his popular lectures on the mysterious....

Kokkuri-san became very popular. In fact, Kokkuri-san became a serious a social problem and featured in main stream media with hysterias in the early 1970s in Japan. (It was like the Global Warming hysteria of liberal leftwing death cult featured in main stream media in the early 21st century in America.) Many schools officially banned students to play Kokkuri-san at their schools.

Many manga & anime featured about kokkuris-an including the episode 3 of the popular television anime XXXHolic, the episode 4 of TV anime Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan (Club-To-Death Angel Dokuro-chan), Ushiro no Hyakutarou (manga), etc.

Unlike its Western counterpart, to play Kokkuri-san, a new matrix must be freshly hand-drawn on a clean sheet of paper each time by the hand AND the matrix must be destroyed by shredding it into pieces by hands in Japan. The accuracy of this style of fortune telling conducted by multiple participants (common people) was quite remarkable. It is said that kokkurisan is a fortune telling method of summoning kakyuu rei (低級霊. lower level animal spirits) in the environment and/or summoning subconscious mind (super natural spirit within) of participants.

One of examples of the matrix of kokkurisan
Kokkuri contains numbers, basic Japanese alphabet, yes, no, entrance, exit, and torii (the gate of Shinto shrine).

OR: there is even an you can play online version:
...the mouse pointer instead of 10-yen coin, Let's Enjoy!

Tomies' result:

how to play KOKKURI disclaimer: {i will not be held respomsible for the results if you do not closely follow these rules!!!}
step 1: To call Kokkuri, you'll first need to create a chart. Start by writing the Japanese Hiragana symbols to form a large circle. Next, draw a 'torii' (gate). Write 'yes' and 'no' to the left and to the right of the torii, respectively. Lastly, include the four cardinal directions and the numbers one through ten.
step 2: Open a window so that Kokkuri will be able to enter the room.
step 3: Place a 10 Yen coin on the 'torri'. Each participant should place his index finger on the coin.
step 4: Call Kokkuri by saying, "Kokkuri-san, Kokkuri-san, if you're here, please move this coin."
step 5: Ask Kokkuri what you like. He will move the coin to the appropriate symbol to spell his answer.
step 6: When you are finished, you must send Kokkuri back. Say, "Kokkuri-san, Kokkuri-san, please return home." If you sucessfully send Kokkuri back, he will move the coin to 'yes'.
step 7: After Kokkuri has left the room, burn the paper that was used and use the 10 Yen coin within a day.
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