Great Bell at Nara with Senjafuda

Nara Bell Tags

This postcard is the first where I have seen pieces of paper on the bell. My niece Ritsuko thinks they may be senjafuda (“thousand shrine tags”), stickers or scraps of paper that are posted on the gates of shrines and Buddhist temples. The stickers bear the name of the worshiper, are accompanied by a prayer, and commemorate the visit. Pilgrims carried walking staffs on their long journeys, which they also used to paste senjafuda in high, hard-to-reach places.


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