Ema – 絵馬

Ema (絵馬) are small shinto traditional plaques that are usually located below sacred trees in Japanese shrines. When you go to a shrine you buy an ema, you write your wishes and hopes into it and they you hang it together with the other emas. Emas are near the gods, so they can read them and make your dreams come true. When people goes to shinto shrines they go to “ask for wishes” more than “praying” like we are used to see in other religions.

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  • Neil Duckett

    January 17, 2008 at 6:24 am

    That`s what i like about Meiji Jingu.

  • Echy

    January 17, 2008 at 7:43 am

    So does that means you can also read other people’s wishes? Interesting… By the way, love your website, it is very insightful. Thanks!

  • kirai

    January 17, 2008 at 9:13 am

    yes, you can. But it’s considered very very RUDE!

  • Pete

    January 17, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Were your pictures at the Meiji shrine? I saw the exact same ones when I was in Tokyo this summer. Very very beautiful.

  • Jon

    January 18, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I always wondered what those were.

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    March 26, 2008 at 2:50 am

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    May 14, 2012 at 2:49 am

    how can I buy it?

  • KaBa

    October 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    would I be able buy those plaques outside Japan ?

    KaBa from Australia

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