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"Ema and Omikuji - Wishing for good luck and more" Meiji-Jingu Shrine Tip by FelixB

Meiji-Jingu Shrine, Tokyo: 57 reviews and 118 photos

  Ema Wish Display at Meiji Shrine
by FelixB

At Japanese shrines you will constantly find walls full of little wooden plates and strings full of paper loops. They are called ema and omikuji respectively.
Ema can be purchased mostly in front of these walls. If you have a wish you write it on the back of it in whatever language and than attach it to the wall.
The little papers called omikuji are a kind of oracle you make a donation and then draw a paper. Sometimes you have to use a box with sticks in it with a hole on the bottom and the stick that comes out, tells you a number und you have to get a paper from the according draw. These papers tell you whether you have bad, normal, good or excellent luck. In order to strengthen the positive prediciton or for the bad prediction to not come true it is looped around the strings.

Address: Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku
Directions: In front of almost every Shrine throughout Japan

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 9, 2005
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