When visiting a temple in Japan, many visitors seek out omamori to take home with them and obtain good luck from. Often translated as "protection amulets" or "protection charms", the small pouch amulets are meant to offer good fortune in pursuing goals such as number passing exams, wealth, health, safe childbirth, etc., and feature a corresponding kanji on the front representing that goal.

Nyasu (@nyasufuji) may be thinking they picked up a different kind by mistake, however. The Japanese Twitter user recently was set into a panic by the amulet they had gotten to curry good fortune, when they noticed it was carrying the power of possibly starting a fire in their car!

Nyasu shared a video of the phenomenon occurring where they had set up the amulet near their car's rear window:

So did Nyasu underestimate the amulet's power? Well, not in any way that can't be explained scientifically. As they shared with their video, it turns out the placement of charm's car window suction cup is to blame.:


I freaked out.

I saw smoke and thought something was up, and it turns out the window attachable suction cup on my protection amulet had become a lens and causing a concentrating fire. Right after this I took it.


As it turns out, a concentration of sunlight resulted in a lens-effect fire, with the suction cup used to attach to the car window aggravating things and ultimately focusing on the tray Nyasu uses for their sunglasses at the back of the car. While they reacted before things could get out of hand, the smoke definitely set off some alarms in their head.

Many in Japan typically attach omamori to their bags and other belongings so that it's always with them, and doing so in their car isn't uncommon as well. The video served as a newsflash to many that this is one way you may not want to do so, however, unless you want the protection amulet to do the opposite of its intended purpose!

By - grape Japan editorial staff.