Senjafuda at Ohara Inari Shrine


Senjafuda at Ohara Inari shrine in the Daitabashi neighborhood of Tokyo. This is a very typical example of senjafuda design featuring Edo-style lettering (Edo moji) stating what most likely is the name of the pilgrimage group. 

The phenomenon of senjafuda dates back to the late 18th century. They were originally made by pilgrims to paste on the walls of temples and shrines as a sort of devotional graffiti. Later they became collector’s items, and by the middle of the 19th century they had become miniature masterpieces of woodblock printed art. Senjafuda depict a dizzying variety of themes with meticulous craftsmanship and vivid, stylish graphic design.