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When you visit shrines and temples, you can see many emas there.


When people pray for special wishes at shrines, they offer wooden tablets with pictures. That is called "Ema". Ema literally means "a picture of a horse". In the past time, the picture of ema was a horse. It means that a horse was offered to a shrine in the past. In the present time, various pictures are drawn in an ema.

The following steps are the procedure to use an ema:

1 Buy an ema for 500 yen.

2 Write down your wishes on the blank side.

3 Hang it in the shrine.

4 It is kept until next year after a Shinto priest pray for wishes.