Prayer for U2 at the Shrine 2006-01-18
The title says it all. This is an "ema" -- like a votive prayer board. People buy them in Shinto shrines, write a few words, and then hang them on large racks. I've taken several pictures of "ema" before, because they make an interesting cultural image, but this is my favorite.
When I took this photo, U2's "Vertigo Tour" had not confirmed any dates in Japan yet (although Japan was listed as a one of the destinations). As of now, there is one date scheduled for April 4, 2006 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama (see here). I saw U2 on the Joshua Tree tour (at the Sport's Center in Los Angeles, and I'd love to see them again. But I imagine tickets will be expensive and hard to get. Anyone know where to buy them and how much?