By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

December 7, 2020

This year’s Chinese coronavirus pandemic has led to shrines and temples encouraging traditional New Year’s visits from December in order to avoid crowding and spreading the virus.

Normally, most people will buy bad-luck-breaking arrows, amulets and other good luck charms when they visit a shrine or temple during the first three days of the New Year. They return them to the shrine or temple the following year during their visit and buy a replacement. This suggests an effective time frame of twelve months for the good luck charm. However, in the case of this year, since the good luck charms are being sold in December, they must have an effective period of thirteen months – an extension of a full month of power before they’re drained.

My personal opinion is that good luck charms are effective in perpetuity. What kind of god would allow their good luck charm to power down after a certain date?


今年の新型コロナウイルス パンデミックによって、神社や寺院が12月から初詣を勧めている。それに伴って縁起物発売も1ケ月早く開始した。




English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers