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Introduction Japanese Culture: Ema (Wooden Wish Plaques)


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Introduction Japanese Culture-Ema (Wishing Plaques)

Ema (Ema) are wooden wishing plaques.On one site of the wood there is an art work.On the other side you can write a wish.

The word Ema consists of two kanji (Chinese Characters). The first kanji is picture (Picture). And the second kanji is horse (Horse).

First it was a Shinto custom (Nara Period) .The Ema consisted of pictures of horses.

Later when Buddhism arrived in Japan they also were found in temples.

At the Muromachi period other pictures were added at the Ema ’s like foxes at Inari Shrines.

And the more Ema ’s became popular, different pictures were placed on the wooden wish plaques.Varying from animals, gods, anime figures, etc.

At the temple (Buddhist) or shrine (Shinto) you will pay a small amount of money for the Ema.

Often you will find different pictures in one shrine or temple.

There are no rules to fill out an Ema.You can fill in the wish on the picture and your name and address on the other side. Often you will see foreign languages ​​on it.

The form of the Ema can be a round, square or other form.

Sometimes are hung up together with Omikuji. Omikuji are fortune-telling paper strips.

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