Hyper Japan this year had awesome staff that greeted you in the entrance with mementos from Japan. They had an awesome Xmas tree with a twist: you could adorn it with your wishes, like if you were in Japan. When you go to a temple, you can write your wishes on wooden blocks and leave them there so they become true. Instead to do it within a Japanese temple, Hyper Japan greeted you with the possibility of mixing Western culture with Japanese culture. Your wishes would decorate a Xmas tree! (How cool is that!?)
These wooden blocks where you can write your wishes are called Ema. you can find them in Shinto Temples across the country. The decoration on them varies in each temple, but they keep the zodiac animal of the year. You can write any type of wish one them, or greetings, or just your good will. They cost around 500 yen. You don’t really need to hang them there, and write your wish. You can also buy the Ema and bring it back home (just a hint here of a cool present you might want to have at home!)
Xmas trees are awesome for Xmas. But what about entering into the realm of Bonsai? Bonsai are cute tiny trees that Japanese like to create. This tiny trees are a delight, but also need lots of attention. Windy Bank Bonsai had some amazingly beautiful Bonsai trees. If you are in UK, and are thinking about maybe entering into the realm of Bonsais, you can check the guys of Windy Bank Bonsai. They have really cool ones.
Bonsais are great, as Ema and wishes for Xmas. What do you wish for this Xmas? Would you like to have a bonsai?