In the latest comic, FCS493, Mai and Karl pick the same O-mikuji fortune while at the shrine and are amazed. This comic is completely based on truth! My wife and I went to a shrine on New Year's Eve back during our first year of dating, just like in the comic. We enjoyed it and I was excited to be out doing something so different than my usual way to spend New Year's Eve...watching TV at home.
I had never heard of O-mikuji before and so I thought it would be fun to see what my fortune would be. We payed and then they held out a wooden box, with a hole in it and after shaking it, a stick comes out with a number of our fortune to take from the large collection. It's difficult to remember if it was considered a very good fortune or somewhat good but I do remember how my wife was shocked that our's were the same. She kept looking at them and comparing to make sure.
I didn't think this was such a big deal until she showed me that there are many different parts and a lot of information on one little fortune. It's impossible to get exactly the same one as someone with you. They have the general fortune that can be a great blessing, small blessing, and go all the way down to a future curse. Ours must have been good because if it's bad, you usually fold it up and tie it to a tree in the shrine. We kept ours! There are predictions about finding love, job, health and success in great detail. Even a poem! EVERYTHING ON OURS WAS THE SAME! She had never seen this happen before in her life. When I finally understood how amazing this was, I was in shock too!
My wife and I have been together for over twelve years now and still as happy as can be. That fortune was truly a sign. I guess our future is really tied together!