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 shake a metal container to release a stick inscribed with a number. This number corresponds with a small drawer at the stall in which you collect your fortune written on pieces of paper called “omikuji”.  The ritual of excitement and expectation that the “omikuji” inspire can seem like a performance that is repeated by every visitor, connecting them all in a kind of orchestra of rehearsed feelings. This observation can somehow 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 are conditioned to express ourselves.

 

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