I first saw ema at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. This is another place, possibly in Kyoto, but the idea is the same.

For a donation of a few yen, one takes a wooden tablet and writes a wish, hanging it with the others around a sacred tree.

In the morning, all of these wishes in languages from around the world are offered by the priests.

I read a few, and in the languages I can read, I see hopes of peace and love, prosperity and happiness, health and friendship.

I think, around the world, we all want the same things deep down, and any disagreements are no more than ice cream preferences.


Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures.

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