Omikuji are fortune telling paper slips found at many shrines and temples. Randomly drawn, they contain predictions ranging from daikichi ("great good luck") to daikyo ("great bad luck"). By tying the piece of paper around a tree's branch, good fortune will come true or bad fortune can be averted.
You tend to see mostly young girls and ladies doing this.
Mountain Air & Three Monkeys
"A Shogun is Born"
Nikko is a national park and a compound of shrines and temples nestled in beautiful mountains north of Tokyo. This is also where the famous Shogun Tokugawa (who was born in Okazaki - a city I lived in for a year but that's another story) had written in his will that he wanted a shrine built in his honor. And a shrine they built - lavish, ornate and colorful this shrine and the surrounding buildings were a sharp departure from the normally austere and zen like aesthetic of most of Japan's temples and shrines.
"Hear, See & Speak No Evil"
The three monkeys are the most famous painted carvings on Toshogu and represent the three major principles of Tendai Buddhism. From here it's a small walk of about two hundred stone steps to the tomb of Japan's most famous Shogun.
"This Would Make a Great Hat"
Well maybe for one of the actresses in Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco. But this is what is commonly called a Pagoda. Again it is awash in colors and intricate patterns and designs. I also think of "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss when I look at this photo.