You can see more photos from Kyoto and other cities I visited in the Japan category, and also read about the trip in the zine I wrote.
An important aspect of Japanese shrines and temples are emaplaques (the name 絵馬 literally means “picture horse”). These are small wooden signs with a picture on one side. You write a wish on it and hang it up (or take it home as a souvenir). Each site has its own design, so I made a collection of photos of different ones I saw in Japan. They are originally a Shinto tradition, but can also be found at Buddhist temples. At bigger sites you can find messages written in a lot of different languages.