One of the Japanese Culture “Ema”

Here you can see a votive, an ema. Originally people donated a living horse to Shinto shrine. And later people donated a picture of a horse. Ema literally means “picture of horse”. Here you can see the word gokaku, which means “passing a exam”. In Japan, entrance exams are quite difficult. Usually younger people are not religious, but before an exam, students become religious and donate a lot of tablets.