17 January 2008

Because they’re Japanese. The original fortune cookie, called “tsujiura senbei (“fortune crackers”), omikuji senbei (“written fortune crackers”), or suzu senbei (“bell crackers”)”, appears to be from bakeries surrounding a Shinto shrine in Kyoto, and when Japanese immigrants introduced them in America, Chinese immigrants picked up the ball and ran with it. Japanese fortunes seem more practical than today’s lottery numbers: “To ward off lower back pain or joint problems, undertake some at-home measures like yoga.”

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