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What do you call the small pieces of wood(?) where people write wishes on and hang them on some stand close to where you tie folded o-mikuji (おみくじ)? Or are they also called おみくじ?

Related question: Also, in some temples, there's also this little cabinet where you can put a lighted candle (I remember seeing one in a temple near Ueno Park). What do you call that?

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1 I think it's [絵馬]{えま}.


2 Maybe [献灯台]{けんとうだい}?


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