Monday, January 08, 2007

Ema: wooden board for people's wishes

Ema, Japanese traditional custum, Kyoto sightseeing
Ema, Japanese traditional custum, Kyoto sightseeing
These wooden small boards are called Ema, which means "horse's picture". People write down their wishes on the board and hang them.

In those days people used to offer real horses to shrines to pray for special wishes. But people substituted wooden boards with horses' pictures since they was not able to afford to offer the real.


At 1/08/2007 9:59 AM, Anonymous santy said...

Can you write down my wish there for me? hehe... wish I could travel to Japan!

At 1/09/2007 6:39 AM, Blogger Ming_the_Merciless said...

Interesting history!

What do they do with all the wooden boards after they have filled out the wall?

At 1/09/2007 1:11 PM, Blogger The Wellspring said...

Macky - thanks for sharing the story of this picture - I love it! Wish I could read Japanese :)

At 1/09/2007 4:12 PM, Blogger Zsolt72 said...

hmmm and are Gods satisfied with papers instead of real horses?:)

At 1/12/2007 11:14 PM, Blogger Andreea said...

this is such an interesting post. oh and i love the new year's dish. tomorrow (saturday) we are attempting to prepare a whole japanese sushi/ sashimi / ect dinenr at home. let's see how good we'll be :)


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