Japan: Shinto shrines – Make a wish “Ema (絵馬)” boards

Ema wooden-plaque-1659071_960_720Life is full of surprises. When we need a dose of inspiration somehow the Universe sends it to us in different ways. Yesterday, I was having a tough day. Job searching is NO FUN!  We apply, apply, apply with “no response.”

Feeling mentally exhausted, the first thought that came to my mind was “I WISH….”

Well, here is what was interesting. I received an email from The Daily Post: photo challenge, where Jen H. posted a story called, “Wish: Sharing wishes with strangers makes a powerful emotional statement.

She had posted a photo of “Ema (絵馬)” boards hung up at a Shinto shrine in Japan. Jen H. explains in her Blog that Ema boards are meant to be “wishes.” You purchase an Ema board, and as you see in the photo, you write your wish on the board, hang it at the Shinto shrine, pray and “dream” that your wish is granted.

Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo shrine in Japan

It’s very interesting to read about the different Shinto shrines. This is a beautiful shrine called, “Shimogamo.” This shrine is famous for helping you realize your dreams and wishes. Take a moment to visit “The Kyoto Project” website. You’ll enjoy reading the history of the shrine and if you’d like to visit they mention the different festivals that take place there.

It’s time to MAKE A WISH… my “Ema” board is calling!

How about yours?  What is your wish?  Put it out there to the Universe.

Here’s to wishes coming true in 2017!