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Passing prayers

Keita Iijima / The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri ShimbunA large number of ema — wooden plaques with wishes on them — are seen at Yushima Tenmangu shrine in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, on Sunday. Many students who will take entrance exams and their family members visit to pray for success as the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, a historical figure who has become the guardian of learning, is enshrined there.Speech

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