Asakusa

 

Asakusa (2017) was taken at the Sensoji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. Like many temples in Japan, Sensoji is popular with tourists who seek out their fortunes. At one of the many “mukiji” stores that surround the temple, you can shake a metal container to release a stick inscribed with a number. This number corresponds with a small drawer at the stall which contains your fortune on written pieces of paper called “omikuji”.

The excitement and expectation that the “omikuji” inspire is repeated by nearly every visitor. In this sense, the tourists which descend on Sensoji can seem like an orchestra of rehearsed feelings. This observation may resonate with our use of emoji’s to direct emotions in social media, especially when we consider faces, masks and other frameworks in which we represent out feelings.

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