Getting Ready for Rabbits

Culture Guide to Japan


Shrine maidens at Yushima Tenmangū, a Shintō shrine in Bunkyō, Tokyo, prepare for 2023, the Year of the Rabbit. New Year shrine visitors buy an ema votive tablet decorated with a rabbit, the animal of the year according to the traditional 12-year zodiac, and inscribe their wishes for the coming year on it.

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