Make a wish

A Japanese couple hangs a votive wooden tablet or "Ema" after writing their wish for the new year of the rooster on it at Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. New year worshippers throng to the Shinto shrine, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, one of the top tourist spots in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

A couple takes a selfie with a votive wooden tablet or “ema” showing their wish for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday.

  • -12


    Put the phone away and enjoy the moment.

  • 2


    Put the phone away and enjoy the moment.

    Pray tell, what is the difference between having someone else take their photo holding the ema and them taking it themselves?

  • 7


    Put the phone away and enjoy the moment.

    Seems like they are, and thanks to the phone they will later too

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    I've always loved reading these tablets, sort of like a voyeur peeping into the lives of strangers.

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    For people who like ema's, I recommend you go to kitanotenmangu shrine in Kyoto if they have the chance. You will see the biggest amount of ema's you will ever see. Like a big trees of ema's.

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    Sure glad I do not have a phone.

    A friend of mine has at least one Emma from every single prefecture. Nice collection.

    Enjoy the moment.

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    Good for the young couple on new years wishes. If Japan had more couples like them, the population decline would probably go away.

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    Good for them. Me personally I don' take many photos (selfie or otherwise) as never really look at them again.

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    Aly Rustom

    The girl is gorgeous, but is it just me or does she look like she's about ready to start crying?

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    As the cell-phone similar in color to the votive wooden tablet, I thought the woman also had the wooden tablet. Best wishes for a happy new year!

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    Kind of look like they could be siblings. Wish them the best in 2017 !

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