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Tokyo 101: How to Order a Prayer Plaque from a Vending Machine

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Updated: 17 February 2017
Japan takes the crown as having the highest density of vending machines in the world - the quirky and strange machines are a sight to behold. TOKYO 101 takes us deeper into Japanese culture, giving us the essential guide to Tokyo life.

Prayer plaque 絵馬

Location: Haneda Airport

Price: ¥500 ($4.43)

Japanese prayer plaques, otherwise as an ‘Ema’, are small wooden plaques on which worshippers write their wishes. These plaques are connected with the Japanese Shinto religion, which focuses on traditional rituals stemming from Japan’s ancient past. Once the message is written on them, the plaques are hung on a wall for passers-by to read.