January 1st in Japan is a day heavy with tradition, and one of the most relevant activities is “Hatsumode,” the first visit to the local temple. Legendary Metal Gear Solid Creator Hideo Kojima is no exception, and this morning he went to the temple to start 2016 with the right mindset.
A very widespread accessory to Hatsumode is the drawing of the first omikuji of the year. Omikuji are small sheets of paper including a prediction, and the Japanese people often draw one while the visit the temple on New Year to get a feel of how the next 365 days will be (366 in this case, actually, as 2016 is a leap year).
During his visit, Kojima-san posted a picture of his omikuji, with the promise of turning a new leaf and do his best in his 30th year in the industry.
The year of 2016 is my 30th year of being in this industry. I'll make this year a fresh start to do my best. pic.twitter.com/BUbaGfA8Yp
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) January 1, 2016
What inspired such a positive and optimistic new year proposition? The secret (at least for those who don’t read moon runes) is in the omikuji itself.
Omikuji include a general prediction going from “Daikichi” (great blessing) to “Daikyo” (great curse), and a series of specific predictions on several aspects of one’s life. Turns out that Kojima-san was lucky, and he drew a rare “Daikichi,” earning himself a “great blessing” for 2016. The specific prediction for business says that moving forward will bring a profit.
Unfortunately, we can’t really get any info on Kojima-san love life, since the prediction for romance is off the picture. Pity.
Considering the bumpy 2015, we can only extend our best wishes to Kojima-san, and hope that the prediction will come true.