Octopus charms in great demand in Japan during entrance examination season

Octopus charms are manufactured at a factory in tsunami-hit Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. The charms have become popular during the ongoing entrance examination season, as the English word ‘octopus,’ pronounced in Japanese as ‘oku to pasu,’ forms a pun roughly meaning ‘when the object is placed on, you will pass.

About 2,500 of the 5-cm charms, each costing ¥1,200($11.70), were sold in January.

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