Meiji Shrine in Shibuya, Tokyo is not just any temple. In addition to the historic since it was built in 1920 and filled with tens of thousands of trees, there are a prayer which was considered efficacious. Let’s see!
Time show around 10:00, when I and the media entourage from Jakarta arrived at the Meiji Shrine. Her temple is located in the Shibuya neighborhood across Meiji-Jingumae Station. Or if of Shibuya, can walk for about 10 minutes.
Problem history, Meji Temple built by the Japanese government in 1920 to commemorate the Emperor Meiji. This Shinto shrine was intended to pray for the emperor and his wife, Empress Shoken.
Once inside the temple gate, looked lush and tall trees adorn the right and left of the road. The atmosphere is very cool and shady, but this temple is located in the city center. From there, I still have to walk about 5 minutes to the main part of the temple. Never mind a little tired, yet calculated exercise by walking.
Once arrived in the main part, I see some people who pray in front of the temple. They pray for the Emperor Meiji, by throwing a coin (with nominal whatever) then grasp hands (pray). Then, clapped his hands twice and re-grasp the hand.
Well not far from there, I saw a large tree in the middle of the main page shrines crowded with people. Around him, there are pieces of wood which contains writings hopes and prayers of people from different countries. There were reads English to German
Apparently, the name is Ema. A wooden plaque that is usually found in Shinto shrines. Palakat contained in the wood, may be a hope, a prayer or gratitude to the Creator. Ema are small, usually pentagon-shaped (the shape following house roof).
Traveler must pay a few hundred yen to be able to write in the Ema. Every morning ema will be blessed by the priest of the temple, which is expected to prayer or the expectations of everyone who wrote it come true.
Belief, supposedly ema at Meiji considered as a panacea to answer prayer. Make no mistake, there are many local people and tourists who are willing to queue to be able to write prayers there.