Did you know?: Ema, plaques used as prayers and wishes in Shinto shrines

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Did you know?: Ema, plaques used as prayers and wishes in Shinto shrines

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: October 01, 2018
You may have noticed small wooden plaques with drawings of horses and Japanese characters hanging in the gardens of Shinto Shrines. These “ema,” or horse icons, are used 
as prayers or wishes for good luck in certain endeavors. Japanese believe that their wishes and prayers will come true if they write them on these plaques and hang them as  offerings to the Shinto gods.
 
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