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Ema Japanese Prayer Board Postcard, Daimyo Procession (#31209)

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  • Ema Japanese Prayer Board Postcard, Daimyo Procession (#31209)
  • Ema Japanese Prayer Board Postcard, Daimyo Procession (#31209)

NAME: Japanese ema or prayer board postcard with a daimyo procession or Daimyo Gyoretsu.

SIZE: Height 3-15/16" (10cm) to the top point, 5-1/4" (13.4cm) at the longest point

CONDITION: Good

NOTES: Made of thick layered cardboard. Probably printed via woodblock print method as it states, "woodblock print" on the back.

During the Edo period, a law called "Sankin Kotai" was created to help control the Daimyo (Feudal Lords). The law required every Daimyo to spend every other year in Edo (Tokyo). The travelling procession of the Daimyo household often included over 200 samurai (soldiers) and was called Daimyo Gyoretsu. With hundreds of Daimyo coming or going every year, these processions were common occurrences.

An ema board or prayer board is a method by which people make wishes, prayers or thanks to the dieties by writing it down on the board and hanging it at a shrine. The art work traditionally depicts the Zodiac animals, historic stories, folklore characters and stories, etc., but modern characters are also included now.


This product was added to our catalog on Monday 22 October, 2012.

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