In Japan, we visit a shrine (some people visit a temple) usually in the first three days of January.
Generally, we wish for the new year, get new omamori(charms) and draw omikuji(a written fortune).
I visited the shrine in my hometown but I couldn't draw omikuji because many people were lining up at that time.
There are two stones called omo-karu ishi (heavy-light stone). You lift the stone after making a wish. It is said that if you feel that the stone is lighter than you expected, your wish will come true.
I tried that instead of omikuji and I felt that the stone was heavier...
The next day I visited Kifune Shrine and drew omikuji hoping to get a good one.
Their omikuji is different from a typical omikuji. You float a paper on the water, so that the letters will be appeared.
I got 末吉(Ending blessing) and these things were written,
願事 (wish or desire) – may be bothered by someone
恋愛 (romantic relationships) – may be bothered by someone you haven't expected, should refrain from everything
旅行 (travel) – shouldn't travel
it's up to me whether believe or not, right?;P