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Local Culture: Hida’s lucky item “Kami-Ema”

1. What is difference Ema and Kami-Ema…?
Ema=絵馬 literally means "picture horse".

General ”Ema” is a wooden board shich people write your wish on.
And people hang it in the shrine.  You can see it in any shrines in Japan.


General Ema

 

"Kami-Ema" is something that is handed down to Hida Takayama.

A picture of a horse is drawn on washi paper,
and it is displayed on the entrance of shops, restaurants, houses in Takayama city and Hida district.
It is like a lucky item in Hida!


kami-ema

There are two type of horse design, left facing and right facing,
because it need to decorate the entrance as if a horse were “running in” from the outside.(See above photo!)

If you want to write your name or company name ,they can write in it.


2. Where & When we can buy it?

Ema-ichi (Ema marcket) is held in every summer.
in Yamazakura shrine, Matsukura-kannon Shrine, Sogenzi Temple and shops.



Event detals:

Place:Yamazakura shrine

Date: 1st - 2nd August ,9:00am- 8:00 pm 

          3rd - 15th August, 9:00am-5:00 pm

For more details, please ask us at the reception!

http://kankou.city.takayama.lg.jp/2000006/2001047/2001100.html
http://www.hida.jp/english/festivalsandevents/eventcalendar/4000188.html

 
 

written by K's House Takayama Team



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