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Wooden prayers near the pagoda of Toji, which is the 5 story pagoda in Kyoto.

From Wikipedia,here is some info on the Toji:
The pagoda of Toji stands 57†m high, and is the tallest wooden tower in Japan. It dates from the Edo period, when it was rebuilt by order of the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu.
Recognizing the historical and spiritual significance of Toji, UNESCO designated it, along with several other treasures in Kyoto Prefecture, as a World Heritage Site.

Throughout Japan you will see wooden wishes and prayers placed at the temples and shrines. I have heard that they are burned at the end of each day as an offering. It was my pleasure to place my wishes at many of these beautiful sights throughout my travels in Japan.

However, to clarify, this photo is not of the prayers that people write and are later burned. I believe these ones are permanent at the site. But anyway it is a common theme at the shrines and temples.

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