Senjafuda (Slips of paper printed with the name of pilgrim)

Senjafuda (Slips of paper printed with the name of pilgrim)

Senjafuda: Folk culture of the Edo atmosphere

You may once have seen Senjafuda, slips of paper printed with the name written in Indian ink, on the gates, pillars and ceiling of the shrines and temples.

At first it was used for a folk belief called"Okomori"that a pilgrim used it while he confined himself in a shrine or a temple.

Later on, it was said that people came to offer a votive card at these places ("Nousatsu"), wishing not for their self-interest but for the peace and security of their family and people around the world.

Since the Edo period, it has become popular among people to make their own Senjafuda stylish with witty remarks and exchange them.

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