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Anime Ema at Kanda Myojin Shrine

Posted in Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on January 23, 2015

I am still not sure when the tradition of self-decorated anime styled ema started over at the famous Kanda Myojin Shrine near Tokyo’s anime heart – Akihabara. Even then it is one of my favorite things to do in the new to visit the shrine and have a look at this year’s new ema. I visit quite early in the new year and since then I am sure there have been many additions, but these are some of the better ones I found. Normally you buy one of the plain ema at the shrine and write your prayer for the coming year, but some people take the extra step of decorating their own ema. All of these votive plates will eventually be consumed in a ritual fire that will help cleanse the prayers and the people offering them. You can see last year’s post on the same subject over here.












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  1. amadl said, on January 23, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I wonder how much time spent drawing on those ema and if they brought their own drawing equipments.. The one in the first picture Looks compLex enough.


    • tokyobling said, on January 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Most likely they took them home and finished them there before returning them. Or maybe a quick creative break in one of the many cafes in the area?


  2. lili said, on January 23, 2015 at 10:21 am

    How lovely!
    One of my biggest regret is not having brought back some of them from Japan!! ❤


  3. zoomingjapan said, on January 23, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Amazing ema!
    There are a few shrines with anime ema. I remember seeing an awesome one in Saitama Prefecture as well. I think it was in Kawagoe (need to look it up to be sure).


    • tokyobling said, on January 26, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Yes, Kawagoe also Chichibu and one more in Saitama (forgot which one) is good for anime ema. (^-^)


  4. pk1154 said, on January 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    The one which made me smile had the cute tiger character drawn on it with the four small tiger plushies attached to it.


  5. Cathryn said, on January 24, 2015 at 5:54 am

    LOVE these! I remember the goat one from the shrines I saw (Yushima? the shrine in Ueno Pk?) but the anime ones are fabulous!


    • tokyobling said, on January 26, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Sheep I think! Yes, these are the standard ones for this shrine. (^-^)


  6. sheepy new year! | tokyo fever said, on February 8, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    […] Voici quelques ema illustrés, notamment de personnages de manga, au sanctuaire Kanda Myojin provenant du blog Tokyobling. […]


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