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Photo Journal: Monkey magic

Monkey charms with people's wishes written on them are seen at Kongo-ji temple, commonly known as Yasaka Koshin-do, in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward. The colorful good luck charms, stuffed with cotton and a talisman from the temple, are called "kukuri zaru" (tied up monkey). The name derives from how the legs and hands of the stuffed monkeys are tied up to teach people not to be slaves to their desires. Many foreign visitors come to make their wishes on the monkey charms, and some of them bear writings in English and Chinese. (Mainichi)

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