Tsuji-ura (game)


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Disclaimer: I am posting this for fun and because people enjoy reading about these things. If you choose to play any of these games then you do so at your own risk.

How to play


  • Whoever tells your fortune must tell the truth, even if they would normally lie.
  • This game was so popular that the Japanese produced small crackers called ‘Tsuji-ura‘ which is roughly translated as ‘Crossroads Fortune Telling crackers’.
  • Credit.
  • One of the most famous myths about crossroads involves the musician Robert Johnson. You can read it here.
  • Some information and myths about crossroads are here.



  • Go to a crossroad at full dark.
  • Run your fingers through the teeth of a comb to make a sound.
  • Chant the following 3 times, ‘Tsuji-ura, Tsuji-ura, grant me a true response.’
  • Wait for a stranger to appear. Be patient. It cannot be anyone you already know.
  • When you see them you must cover your face with the veil. Anyone with you should do likewise.
  • Ask the stranger to tell your fortune.
  • If they refuse, remove whatever is covering your face and wait for someone else.


Safety First

  • It was once said that powerful spirits lurk at crossroads – in the past they were evil places where murderers were buried and people made deals with demons. Of course, they’re also a wonderful place to bump into a rapist or serial killer, so you may want to bear that in mind. Always let someone know where you’re going, have a fully charged mobile phone with you. Consider going in a small group.

Risk level

Low providing you take adequate safety precautions.

Would I play?



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