Make a wish

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

    MsDelicious

    Put the phone away and enjoy the moment.

  • 2

    Yubaru

    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

    sensei258

    Put the phone away and enjoy the moment.

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

  • 0

    M3M3M3

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

  • 1

    papigiulio

    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.

  • -8

    MsDelicious

    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.

  • 0

    Hawkeye

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

  • 0

    Wakarimasen

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

  • -5

    Aly Rustom

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

  • 0

    Monozuki

    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!

  • 0

    Kurobune

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

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