Small symbols

On long strips of brightly colored paper couples, parents, children write their wishes then tie them to long bamboo poles which hang in the breeze over several days or weeks, totaling in the hundreds of thousands. Imagine all the wishes in the world made visible. Walk along the long city blocks and stop to read them as you please. I feel quite blessed to live in a place and at a time that almost every wish I read is for the happiness of another.

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10 Comments on “Small symbols

    • I think so, too. As kindergartners I’m sure we all must do things similar, but within our school. I recall something similar with Xmas cards. It would be something to gather them all together into one place. But I suspect back where I’m from they would be long lists of material desire. Either way, it could be a really cool art project. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Often.

      There are two ways/times to do it. This type with paper and another type with wooden boards called ema. I favor the later, which I’ll show when I start posting my vacation pics.

      It really is beautiful, M.R. Not just the aesthetic but the idea that all those inner worlds and desires are put out there. Sure, there’s the odd call for a new Xbox or new job but the bulk of them are wishes for their family and friends happiness of one kind or another. I think you’d enjoy yourself were you to come see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • That’s surprising. Is that a Sydney thing? I imagine Oz folk to be frank and honest which often feels like genuine and loving on “tough love”.

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      • Frank and honest …? I suppose so. These are attitudes more associated with generations nearly gone, Steven: today’s Aussies are obsessed with money and show.

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