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Tensou Jinja
Shrine of Divine Thought

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Hello, Atia! If you look up the mountain one of these days, you may see something that wasn't there before - a red gate a ways up the hill. That is the gate of Tensou Shrine, a Shinto shrine constructed here by some of the Japanese residents of the island for practitioners of Eastern faith.

Okay, so there's a shrine. What can you do there? Well, for some residents of the island, merely having one around might help make this creepy little place feel a bit more like home, and a bit more tolerable. For everyone else, though, the shrine has three main functions:

*Fortunes

A divination for what the future has in store for you! Drop some money into the box and take the rolled-up fortune in return. Traditionally, it is most common to seek one's fortune at the beginning of the New Year, but it isn't unheard of to try your luck when you could use some certainty for the future.

*Prayers & Wishes

If you'd rather not leave things completely up to fate, or if there's something particular you'd like to have go well, you can pray for it here! Purchase a wooden ema plaque from the shrine maiden attendant, write your wish or prayer on it, and hang it in the special structure for your message to be heard! What are you hoping for - health, romance, long life, a way off the island? Go right ahead! (Though we can't promise the shrine's gods can answer all of them...)

*Charms

In case you'd rather take your luck with you, why not purchase one of these little handcrafted amulets? They've been properly blessed, after all, and are said to ward off bad luck and help them in tasks and ordeals to come. Why not hang one from your communicator device for a bit of good fortune?



*Donation Box

It's true that these are all things that cost money (though you can always come and ring the bell for free), but just remember: It's only properly valid when you've paid for it! Otherwise, the fortune or blessing won't count.

If you have no desire to get any of these things, however, there is still a donation box at the front of the shrine. This is a non-profit group, yes, but they need money to pay the bills and to put food on the table.

Won't you donate an Amat or two?

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