Visiting a major shrine in Tokyo, I decided to stop and read some of the wishes written on wooden placards. I had thought they would all be about love and world peace. Of course, many are, but some are hilarious. Not sure if it’s bad to read others’ wishes, but they are public and I could not help myself.
Here are some of the best ones in English. Above: “I want a BMW 3 Series with real leather seats and a Bose sounds system and a GPS nav. system with a cute Japanese girl voice and seat warmers so my butt stays warm in the winter.”
“Simon has clear direction in his life and is determined to be + stay debt free with a house that owns . . . . He understands that it is all down to him– go for it tree!!!”
“Wish my daughter Linting (?) come to her senses + break away from Dario completely and never see him again. Wish good health, safe . . . Heal me + let me live a long healthy happy life.”
Below is what all the cards called ema in Japanese look like underneath the giant tree.
More wish cards after the jump.
“Longevity & Happiness . . . . And live in a big home beach side that comes our way. -K & A, Australia”
“I want my mommy and daddy to live forever. Also, I want to be happy.”
“I wish for world peace where love is all around. I wish that my family including my dog blue ! ^_^ would be happy everywhere all the time. I wish for victory in every bball match I play, an (sic) that I wold grow 8 cm taller and be 5 kg slimmer. I would also wish for a good gf ^_^, $500,000, An Aston Martin vantage roadster V8, or an Audi R8- <break> Please help me fuffil (sic) my wishes, byez, PEACE!”
“I wish that my Pa Pa will slim down to at least 80 kg.”
And lastly one positive message is included: “A world without nukes. Yes we can. PEACE!”