Sharing wishes with strangers makes a powerful emotional statement.
“There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.” – Jonas Salk
Shinto is the dominant religion in Japan, though it is more of a way of life than a way to worship. Faith is very personal and very fluid there; people freely celebrate the holidays and traditions of other religions. Nearly four million people in Japan celebrate Christmas with Kentucky Fried Chicken as their holiday meal every year!
Visitors to Shinto shrines can purchase small wooden plaques called ema, upon which they can share their hopes and dreams. Then, they hang them amongst other ema from people who have come before them, in the hopes that spirits will grant their wish. I first encountered ema during a trip to Japan several years ago, displayed at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. The ema were covered in myriad languages and sentiments; they were fascinating.
This week, show us a wish, and let your blog be the ema upon which you share it. As always, I can’t wait to see everyone’s contributions.