February 8, 2009

Yushima Tenjin (4)

ema in the shinto shrine
You can see many wooden tablets in the photo above.
Those tablets are called "ema"(絵馬").
It is votive picture tablet.

ema in thr shinto shrine
We write our prayers and wishes on the wooden tablet and give to shinto shrine.

ema in the shinto shrine
In now a days, Sugawara Michizane who is a object of worship in this shrine, is worship as a god of study.
Because he was excellent scholar and poet.
Many students and their family come to pray for the pass of thire examination.

ema in the shinto shrine

To be continued.
These photos were taken on February 1, 2009.


Marc said...

Interesting. It looks like a lot of people have said prayers and made wishes here.

Malyss said...

How interesting! After a while, there must be thousends of prayers, what do they become?.. And I wonder if you made a wish...:-)

White Oleander said...

I love visiting shrines ever since my first trip to Japan at the age of 6.

Web-OJ said...

I studied Japan in college so I'm glad I found your blog.

What happens to those tablets after a few years?

P.S. Just a suggestion.. please Pop-up your comments box.

nobu said...

Thanks all.

I don't know what happens to them certaily.
I suppose those will be burn before next year.

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