Feeling a tad unlucky recently? If so, why not try incorporating the practice of feng shui into your life? Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice where you arrange your surroundings to achieve harmony and balance. Feng shui is popular in Japan, and there are loads of Japanese feng shui items out there, including ones that grant good fortune just by setting them by your front door. Here are some of our top recommendations!
The Front Door Is a Portal for Positive Energy
Feng shui should be adopted the most at the front door or entrance to your home. This is because the front door acts as a portal for "qi," or movable life force. Qi can be altered by placing different items at your home’s entrance. For example, fresh arrangements of flowers by the front door will boost positive qi and suck up negative qi, thus helping to improve your fortunes.
The front entrance of a typical Japanese house has an area one step lower than the rest of the house to leave shoes. It is often designed quite differently from that of a Western house, generally offering additional furnishings like built-in shoe cabinets (the cabinets at the top and bottom to the left of the front door in the first picture above). Still, there are also many similarities, so this guide should be relevant for other styles of houses, too.
What Is Front Door Feng Shui? How Can It Improve Luck?
Here are some specifics about feng shui relating to the entrance area of a home.
Hang Photos and Pictures Horizontally to Form an "S" or Wave
Although not visible to the eye, qi is said to emit S-shaped waves like sound or light. So, placing S-shaped items by the front door can help to improve one's luck.
One way of doing this is to hang small photographs or pictures in an S-shape. This is a great way to not only decorate the entrance area, but also to encourage positive qi.
Doormats Should Be Made of Natural Materials
Doormats can also help to improve one's luck. According to feng shui experts, doormats can soak up negative qi. Ones made with natural materials, such as cotton, are most recommended.
To ensure they continue to soak up negative qi, be sure to keep your doormats clean!
Place Mirrors at the Side, Not in Front
Mirrors can multiply the good qi that comes in through the front door. According to feng shui, octagonal mirrors are particularly worth buying.
It is said that mirrors placed to the right help you attain fame and social standing while mirrors placed to the left help to build wealth. If a mirror is placed right in front of the door, it may bounce back the incoming qi, so be careful where you put it.
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Houseplants placed by the front door can also improve one's fortunes because they can change negative qi into positive qi.
The benefits differ by type: Pachira and monstera plants are recommended to improve financial fortune while corn plants and asparagus ferns are recommended to improve luck in romance. Pachira and yucca are also for improving career prospects and snake plants and yucca will ward off evil.
If there is no clear entrance hall area (as is common in Europe and the Americas), these plants can be placed outside the front door for the same effect.
Clean, Bright, and Aromatic: The Three Keys to Feng Shui in the Entrance Area
"Cleanliness," "brightness," and "pleasant aromas" are the three keys to feng shui in the entrance area of any home. Even if you have decorated your entrance with lucky items, the positive qi will escape if the area is dirty or littered.
Dark entrance areas also tend to trap negative qi, making it important to let as much light in as possible to invite in positive qi. In addition, an entrance area that smells good not only makes one feel better, but is also extremely lucky!
Must-Have Japanese Feng Shui Items for Your Home Entrance
The entrance to a home is where qi enters and leaves the house, so putting feng shui items here can help to improve luck. Below we present a list of Japanese feng shui items that will work to improve your luck!
Japanese Feng Shui Items to Place By the Front Door
You can improve your fortune by putting auspicious items by the front door. Here are some Japanese feng shui items we recommend!
Onigawara to Ward Off Evil
Onigawara refers to roof tiles that incorporate the image of oni, a kind of Japanese demon. They may look a little scary, but they have a history of more than 1,400 years in Japan as items to ward off evil. Nowadays, few houses have onigawara roof tiles. Instead, ornamental onigawara such as the one pictured can be conveniently placed in the entrance area to improve the energy in the house. There is a saying in Japan that "fortune comes to those who smile," so you can invite positive qi by placing a "shokimen" (mask of a laughing oni) near the front door.
The 12 "juzu" prayer beads depicted as circular indentations on both sides of the oni represent the 12 months in a year, meaning that this onigawara will help bring in positive qi all throughout the year. The onigawara can be a decorative item to give the entrance area a Japanese feel, and the delightful grin on its face is sure to invite positive energy through the front door!
Daruma Doll: The Ultimate Lucky Item
Daruma dolls are among the most famous auspicious items in Japan, so it's no surprise that placing a daruma doll at the entrance is said to improve the fortune of a house. Red daruma in particular have long been believed to ward off evil and prevent illness and disaster. As the color red represents fire, red daruma are said to help improve luck in the same way fire intensely burns and grows.
This product is Edo Daruma, a daruma doll that was made using the traditional craft of Edo Kimekomi. Edo kimekomi dolls are made by chiseling grooves into a wooden surface and inserting the ends of fabric into the grooves. This particular daruma doll wears an adorable expression that will warmly welcome anyone into your home.
Maneki Neko: Indispensable for Front Door Feng Shui
Golden Maneki Neko to Boost Economic Fortune
Gold is a color believed to bring in money. If you want business to flourish or better financial prospects, place a golden maneki neko doll by the front door.
Like the daruma doll introduced above, this is a maneki neko made through the traditional craft of Edo kimekomi. Unlike ceramic maneki neko, it will not break easily, so people with children and pets don't have to worry about it being knocked down.
Maneki Neko With Two Paws Up to Invite Business to Your Door
While maneki neko with both the right and left paws up are rare, they are said to be particularly beneficial because they invite both money and customers. This is a feng shui classic that is highly recommended for business owners to place at their shop entrances.
This particular maneki neko with two paws raised up not only looks like it's wishing to the stars for your wish to come true, but it is extremely adorable and will likely attract customers' attention and become the shop’s mascot. It will undoubtedly be a welcome present to commemorate a shop's opening or move.
A Green Maneki Neko Inviting Peace and Tranquility
As they are said to help with rest and rejuvenation, green maneki neko are recommended for the entrance areas of people who are constantly busy. This green maneki neko has a roundish form and adorable expression that will surely help you instantly relax!
In addition, it is fitted with translucent Swarovski crystal eyes that will ward off evil spirits.
A Stylish Maneki Neko to Match Any Interior
If you want an auspicious item to display in your entrance area that is modern and stylish and suited to Western-style interiors, go with this Hizen Yoshida ceramic maneki neko. It has a sophisticated, sleek form and will seamlessly match any surrounding.
Maneki neko that have their right paws raised are said to help invite money. Taking this a step further, this maneki neko is actually a piggy bank, so you can use it to save money for a particular goal. Maneki neko should be placed above one’s sightline so that they can invite in the positive energy that passes by the front door. Choose your positioning carefully to effectively invite as much in as possible!
Doormats: Wipe Off Negative Qi at the Door
Doormats can help brush off any negative qi that may come through the front door. In particular, doormats made of natural materials are extremely effective at sucking in negative qi. Here are some Japan-made doormats that come highly recommended for feng shui!
Improve Your Fortune With a Bright and Aromatic Tatami Yoga Mat
More and more people are wearing slippers in the house for hygiene reasons, and this product is extremely useful for those who do. While sold as a yoga mat, its length and cushioning make it perfect as a doormat. The natural soft rush used to make the mat has a pleasant aroma that makes the entrance area a comfortable space to be in. The bright colors of this mat improves the atmosphere of the entrance area as well, which is important as it can easily become a dark space where negative energy accumulates.
Soft rush also has deodorizing powers to absorb the bad smells in the entrance area alongside the negative qi. This mat comes in a variety of colors, so pick one that goes best with the rest of your house decor!
Ninamar Doormat All Natural Coir –74.9 cm x 44.45 cm (29.5" x 17.5"): All Natural Fibers to Improve Your Luck
This is a doormat made with 100% natural coconut fibers. It is usually placed outside the door so that dirt—or anything bad—is not brought into the house.
This mat is also sturdy and can be used continuously throughout the year. However, negative qi could get caught in it if used for too long, so be sure to replace it regularly - it’s very reasonably priced!
Folding Fans: Add Some Elegance and Luck to Your Home
Folding fans are said to be auspicious because of the shape they form once opened. They are believed to calm the home’s atmosphere and ward off evil. Here are some Japanese folding fans especially recommended for front door feng shui.
For Those Who Wish to Succeed in Business
The powerful horse seen here is a symbol boosting one's luck in competitions and to get ahead at work and life. If you want to succeed in business, why not display this fan in your entrance area?
This is a rare Edo Sensu fan made by one of just two remaining Edo Sensu craftsmen in Japan. The spokes of the fan are made of "honsusudake"—bamboo that was previously used as the frame for thatched roofs and naturally stained black. This is an outstanding product that represents a long history and the passage of time while adding elegance to your entrance area. Of course, folding fans that create a nice breeze will also bring in positive qi.
Kanazawa Gold Leaf Fans to Brighten Up the Entrance Area
These are folding fans luxuriously decorated with Kanazawa gold leaf that will brighten up the entrance area of any house. They are perfect to help keep the area bright and clean for positive feng shui.
The fans are handcrafted to bring out the natural features of the gold leaf—its thinness, softness, and the way it cracks naturally. They are special one-of-a-kind products that will lift up your interior decoration game.
A Folding Fan That Will Enhance Feng Shui Through Aroma
This is a Kyo Sensu infused with an aroma. The soft scent helps to bring in positive qi. The fan is decorated in vivid colors inspired by nature and the four seasons and will brighten up any entrance area. There are different color variations available, such as blue, so why not change it out each season?
Japanese-Style Lights to Brighten Up Your Front Entrance
Lights are items that brighten up the entrance area while boosting one's financial prospects. It is best to choose lighting that closely resembles natural daylight. Here are some Japanese-style light fixtures recommended to improve the feng shui in the entrance to your home!
A Stylish Handcrafted Owari Copper Lamp
If there is any space for decoration in the entrance area, a stylish standing lamp is just the thing to add. This is a copper lamp made by craftspeople in Owari (the historic name for western Aichi Prefecture) who specialize in making decorative metal fittings for items used in Buddhist ceremonies. It is adorned with cherry blossom petals, allowing the light to seep out through the space between and cast a warm and gentle glow onto the surrounding space.
This is an item with a highly refined design that will not only boost the positive qi in the entrance area, but also add sophistication and style to the space.
A Lucky Lamp Shade With a Karakusa Pattern
This is a stylish lampshade made of famous Arita porcelain. The ivy patterns that seem to stretch to eternity in the "karakusa" style are said to represent vitality while encouraging prosperity and long life. This is a great item to put in your entrance area to boost your luck.
The lampshade is crafted to allow light to shine through the white porcelain, making it appear as if the lampshade itself is emitting light. It is highly recommended for houses with dark entrance areas.
Wind Chimes: A Ring a Day Keeps the Evil Away
Wind chimes are popular in Japan for their delightful sound embodying a sense of cool in the hot summers. They are also believed to have the power to ward off evil. Here are some stylish Japanese wind chimes that are recommended to improve the feng shui in your entrance area!
A Standing Wind Chime Crafted by a Japanese Artisan
This standing wind chime is great for those who don't have a spot to hang a wind chime near the front door. The "umbrella" part of the wind chime is made of Kiyomizu porcelain, with an enchanting design known as "hanakessho" that looks like embossed snowflakes. The porcelain must be fired at precisely controlled temperatures in order for this beautiful snowflake pattern to form. This work of art is a testament to the outstanding skills of the craftspeople involved.
The gentle yet bright tinkle of the wind chime will give your entrance area a comfortable and invigorating feel.
A Chic Wind Chime for a Western-Style Interior
This is a brass wind chime created using traditional crafting techniques in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture. Completely reinventing the typical wind chime design, the stylish number is able to seamlessly integrate into both Western and Japanese interiors.
The chime’s sound is distinguished by a pleasant and clear ringing, while the exquisite harmony of the brass makes it extremely effective at warding off evil and misfortune.
Mirrors: Multiply Your Good Luck
Mirrors placed near the front door can help improve one's social standing, fame, and financial fortune. The feng shui effects can differ depending on where the mirror is placed, so be sure to consider the positioning in advance.
Here are some popular Japan-made mirrors to improve your feng shui.
A Table Mirror With a Symmetrical Design
This table mirror boasts a symmetrical design born from the creativity of a Parisian designer. It consists of two lacquered wood panels that are held together with magnets, with the mirror embedded on one side.
This exquisite decoration is fitted with beautifully inlaid "raden" or mother-of-pearl, giving it the power to utterly transform the atmosphere of your front entrance, making it luckier.
The Perfect Feng Shui Mirror for Your Home
This is another beautifully designed mirror with gorgeous raden inlays. The unique design created by the pieces of shell and geometric patterns combine to form a product that is both fascinating and sublime.
This item is especially recommended for those desiring a feng shui item of exceptional make to act as the key feature of a house or shop.
Pictures and Photographs for a Bit of Extra Luck
Qi can also be improved by hanging photographs and pictures in an "S" shape near the front door. Below are some recommended Japanese feng shui items that can help show off your precious pictures and photographs while increasing your good fortune.
A Modern Japanese Frame to Display Your Photographs
This is a photo frame boasting a modern Japanese feel created using techniques from the traditional Japanese art of Edo kimekomi. Use them to display photos in an “S” shape and improve feng shui while increasing the style factor of your entrance. The photo frame is also adorned with the color of gold, which will improve your financial fortunes.
A Kanazawa Gold Leaf Art Panel for Exceptional Luxury
This is an art panel made by using Kanazawa gold leaf in a variety of different ways—such as crushing, crumpling, and shaking the gold leaf from a cylinder—to create a gradation effect. This work of art was carefully crafted by a skilled Japanese artisan to vividly express the germination of a plant, which represents the process of something coming into existence.
Put this up in your entrance area to not only improve qi, but also to create a luxurious and stylish space. It is particularly recommended for the entrance areas of shops that wish to present a sense of luxury.
A Wall Panel With a Traditional Wave Pattern
Originating in China, Kyo Karakami is a decorative paper craft with a history of more than 1,000 years. It is a traditional craft used for interior design, such as on sliding screens and as wallpaper, that was popular during the Edo Period (1603-1868). With a modern yet strictly Japanese design, your home’s entrance will be instantly reinvigorated with the elegance of contemporary Japanese fashion.
The pattern seen here is the traditional Japanese seigaiha wave. Represented by the pattern of never-ending waves, this auspicious motif embodies the wish of eternal peace and happiness for mankind. Since the design itself boasts the lucky wave motif, you can expect a potent feng shui effect just by hanging a single frame.
Glassware and Flowers That Boost the Qi of Your Home
According to feng shui experts, glassware and flowers should be placed near the front door to improve qi. As flowers emit positive qi and absorb negative qi, they serve to help boost the energy of a house. Below are some recommended glassware and flowers for this very purpose.
A Flower Vase That Creates a Sense of Elegance
This Tsugaru vidro glass vase is brightly colored and will instantly enliven even the dullest entrance area. In fact, this vase with flowers is enough alone to add ample brilliance to the entrance and boost household qi.
This incredible item is recommended for those who would rather not have too many things by the front door.
A Vase With a Mystic Deep Blue
This vase depicts the deep blue color of Mutsu Bay in Aomori Prefecture through Tsugaru vidro glass. It is said to recreate how the water's surface shines and is sure to yield positive qi just by displaying it in the entrance area.
Put flowers in the vase and they will absorb additional negative qi and help to improve the energy in the house. Use the vase to its maximum potential!
A Stunning Vase That Only Needs a Single Flower to Work Beautifully
This vase is recommended for those who wish to consistently display flowers to improve qi. As just one flower stem is required to make its spiritual effects work, it is relatively easy to keep by the front entrance to your house.
The colorful, lively vase was designed to represent the vigor of Nebuta Matsuri, a major summer festival in Aomori. The wonderful texture of Tsugaru vidro glass and the vase's beautiful hues will substantially brighten up the entrance area even with just one single flower.
A “Suiban” Vase Highlighting the Beauty of Ikebana Flowers
This "suiban" vase made specifically for displaying flowers arranged in the Japanese ikebana style is distinguished by its deep, green color. The flowers in this colorful vessel will provide additional energy to the entrance area and boost the qi in the house. The edges are "ruffled" to represent the shape of waves, which are also beneficial in feng shui as they, too, make S shapes.
Differing by Direction: Lucky Colors for Front Door Feng Shui
According to feng shui, in addition to lucky items, there are lucky colors that change by direction. The direction of your entrance is the direction you are facing when standing with the front door behind you, so be sure to check which way your front door is facing before purchasing any of these items. Choose the right-colored item for your front door direction!
Here are the lucky colors by direction:
Lucky Colors for North-Facing Front Doors
When the door is facing north, the lucky colors are cream, beige, and pink. China, where feng shui originates, is in the northern hemisphere, so the north is considered to be cold and thus warm colors are thought to improve qi.
Front doors that face northeast are said to have "water qi," just like those facing north. Therefore, the lucky colors are the same (cream, beige, and pink). Fortunes can be improved further by adopting flowered patterns, so consider incorporating these into your entrance area, too.
Lucky Colors for East-Facing Front Doors
The east is said to have "tree qi" as it is the direction the sun rises in. The lucky colors to improve one's prospects are blue, ivory, yellow-green, and beige. Tree qi represents vitality, so natural items in the entrance area can further boost positive energy.
Orange and yellow-green are lucky colors when the door is facing southeast. They are bright colors, so you may want to present them in an understated manner, such as by incorporating orange into flowers placed near the front door.
Lucky Colors for South-Facing Front Doors
South is said to have "fire qi," and the lucky colors to improve one's prospects are off-white and beige. They also go well with greens which represent trees, so try adopting them together for a synergistic effect.
Reds have the danger of enhancing fire qi to dangerous levels and are therefore not recommended. Beware that red in the entrance area can burn up positive qi!
The lucky colors to adopt when the front door is facing southwest are light beige and yellow-green. Yellow is also a lucky color, so it can be adopted as an accent.
Lucky Colors for West-Facing Front Doors
The lucky colors for west-facing doors are yellow, pink, and light blue. Yellows, in particular, can improve financial prospects. Calming colors, such as light blue and white, will work to improve the overall qi.
The lucky colors for northwest are beige and cream. Place luxury items in these colors at the front door to further improve your prospects.
Lastly, Keep Things in the Entrance Area Neat and Clean!
A clean entrance area is an environment that invites positive qi. In contrast, a dirty or messy front area may bring in negative qi, making the secret to effective feng shui to always keep items such as shoes and umbrellas in the entrance area clean and tidy.
Even if you have items that are meant to improve qi in the entrance area, they will not be effective if the surroundings are messy. If you want to improve your prospects and have positive feng shui, be sure to keep everything near the front door clean and tidy at all times so that the positive qi can flow in freely!
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