Wooden wishing plaques or Ema are a New Year’s day staple in Japan. They are a shinto custom and can be found in every Shinto shrine in the country. With the new year already upon us, fans flocked to shrines and posted pictures of various emas.
One such example is the Kanda Myoujin shrine in Chiyoda where various anime-themed emas or ita-emas were offered. Here’s a general view of them as tweeted by runae_md
Here’s a Love Live! Ema tweeted by AZU_MOE
Here’s Love Live!’s Nico as tweeted by uminohaine
Kantai Collection was quite prominent at the shrine as well. Here’s Kongou (image by earlbox)
Shimakaze (image by KitaharaTomoe)
Shimakaze (image by kaztsu)
Naka (image by hujimaru_arikui)
Here’s a K-On! Ema tweeted by genping02
Here’s some emas featuring the grown-up Nanoha (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha) and Azumi Kagamihara (Z / X: Ignition) tweeted by fujimatakuya
This one is tweeted by RYUKNIGHT
Well-known manga artists also offered their own artistic emas to the shrine. Here’s adult manga artist Eru Shindou’s New Year’s Ema. Shindou is known for many adult mangas like TSF Monogatari. (image tweeted by itaru_414)
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Anime-themed wooden wishing plaques adorn Kanda Myoujin shrine on New Year"s day