Tomorrow is my Hen Party, and to pray for good weather, my fiancé James and I made teru-teru bozu.
Teru-teru bozu (literally “sunshine boy”) are an old tradition in Japan, in which you make a simple doll out of white paper or cloth and draw a face on it (it ends up looking like a little ghost). You hang it by a window in order to pray for sunshine. If the weather does turn out fine, you thank the teru-teru bozu by pouring rice wine on him. Be warned though – do not hang your teru-teru bozu upside-down, as this will have the reverse effect and summon the rain!
We hung up our teru-teru bozu by the window overlooking my Inari altar. So far, the weather has been very good, so I think they might be working!
I also made some fresh offerings to Inari Okamisama, including a special offering of daifuku mochi (a rice cake filled with sweet beans), and prayed for a safe and enjoyable Hen Party. Seeing as Inari is associated with alcohol, it seemed very appropriate to pray to her for this purpose!