Photo of the day: ema from Kawai shrine, Kyoto

An ema is a small wooden board that can be bought at a shrine: write your wishes on the back side and hang it so that the kami enshrined at that specific place of worship will read it and make it come true.

Emas come in various shapes, and these mirror-shaped emas were very unique: they were drawn by women at Kawai shrine in Kyoto, to pray for an easy delivery, children’s healthy growth, matchmaking, or more frequently for their beauty.



Travel tips:

  • Take a visual tour of Japan!
  • Check out this interactive map (quick tutorial) for the specific details to help you plan your trip and more articles and photos (zoom out) about the area!

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