I have quite a few from Kamakura … they will need their own gallery.
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Emma- the wooden blocks are wishes and prayers, if I am not mistaken. People write on it … you can buy a blank one, write it and hang it … not sure of their name, any of the japanese speakers know more of this ?
Robin- These are digital, shot with A Canon Rebel … thanks, glad u like them.
I think the wooden blocks are called Emma..or Ema.. There’s a japanese restaurant in toronto called Ema-Tei…filled with the little blocks hanging everywhere.
The prints/drawings on the blocks are absolutely stunning. I did inquire about them, and the chef said they are sort of like prayer blocks..sort of inlines of wish fullfillment. you write your wish and hand these at the temple. All the Ema’s in the restaurant were gifted by their regular clients.They do have a long and dedicated japanese client list, considering the number of emas i saw. I am positive there is more to it..the chef and i did have a language barrier.
and that is a very odd coincidence that the person who inquired about the blocks a couple of comments up is also an Emma. Wow
If you’r ever in T.O check out Restaurant Ema-Tei. YUmmmmm