Unfortunately I must admit, that I might be wrong on this one, but since lots of them are found around Shintu shrines (these here e.g. were photographed right next to the Kasuga Shrine in Nara) I think these may be some sort of "Ema", i.e. Shintu prayer tablets. Well, although I cannot read them, I somehow like the inscriptions and just had to capture them.

Post processing here mainly consisted of a sepia colouring and some tone mapping for local contrast enhancements.

Image added on Mon, August 24th 2009, 5:02PM

EXIF Information

Camera Model:   Canon EOS 30D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40 F/4 L USM
Add. Equipment: -
Focal Length: 36mm (x1.6 = 58mm)
Shutter Speed: 1/100s
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO Speed: ISO125
Date & Time: Tue, May 9th 2006, 1:23PM

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