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.

Ten years later, I still wonder what their reunion was like. Photo by Jen Hooks

Wish upon an ema. Photo by Jen Hooks

One of the most beautiful sentiments I’ve ever read. Photo by Jen Hooks

I hope Aya and Johnny lived happily ever after in London. Photo by Jen Hooks

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.

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    1. Hi Janet! This prompt is wide open to interpretation – and there are never right or wrong contributions on The Daily Post! It could be as simple as a photograph of a lovely dessert you’ve been wishing for, or a photo of something that you’d wished for, and gotten.

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    1. “For her
      everything was red,
      gold-red from the sun
      on the closed eyes,
      and it all was that color,
      all of it,
      the filling,
      the possessing,
      the having,
      all of that color,
      all in a blindness of that color.”

      – Ernest Hemingway, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” Ch. 13.

      A photo by blog admin of the University of the Philippines Carillon on a blue and white morning: A 136-foot tower of 46 ancient copper and bronze bells tolled sometimes as an expression of the hopes and wishes of the University community for justice and peace

      Happy wishing, everyone!


  1. … and I am thinking to myself, what if after sharing my wish upon the ’ema’ of my blog, what if it actually comes true…. 🙂

    Its got me (wish-fully) thinking. And working. On the post-to-be.


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