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Japanese Wood Plaque - Shrine Plaque - Temple Plaque - EMA - Year of Horse - Matsuo Dera Temple in Maizuru, Kyoto - E3-100 by FromJapanWithLove

15.00 USD

This is an "Ema". "Ema" are small wooden plaques on which Shinto worshippers write their prayers or wishes. The ema are then left hanging up at the shrine, where the kami (spirits or gods) receive them. They bear various pictures, often of animals or other Shinto imagery, and many have the word gan'i (願意), meaning "wish", written along the side. In ancient times people would donate horses to the shrines for good favor, over time this was transferred to a wooden plaque with a picture of a horse, and later still to the various wooden plaques sold today for the same purpose.

Ema are sold for various wishes. Common reasons for buying a plaque are for success in work or on exams, marital bliss, to have children, and health. Some shrines specialize in certain types of these plaques, and the larger shrines may offer more than one. Sales of ema help support the shrine financially.


******** This Ema is from Matsuo-dera Temple (Maizuru City). The Matsunoo-dera Temple hotokemai (Buddhist dance) is a religious ritual conducted at Matsunoo-dera Temple (Maizuru City) in Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture. It is famous for Hotokemai dance of the Matsuno-dera Temple held every May 8

Matsunoo-dera Temple; No. 29 pilgrim stamp office of the 33 Temples of Saigoku.

西國第廿九番=No. 29 pilgrim stamp office of the 33 Temples of Saigoku

青葉山= Mt. Aoba

松尾寺 = Matsuo Temple

平成元年11月22日 = November 22th in 1989

It measures about 14.5 x 8.8 x 0.7 cm. It is from November 22th, in the1st year of the Heisei era (=1989)


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