Nintendo Switch Pre-orders are mostly sold-out in Japan, and I definitely wasn’t able to find any availability in Tokyo. While we don’t know the numbers, it’s doubtless that many Japanese gamers definitely want Nintendo’s new console.
One specific gamer cares for the Switch enough to include it in his prayers. Today, exploring the popular Kanda Miyojin shrine in Tokyo, I found something quite interesting.
At the bottom of the post, you can see an “Ema,” which is a wooden plaque on which Shinto worshipers write their prayers and wishes, before leaving them hanging at a dedicated area at a shrine.
The Ema, which was hanged on new year’s day (which is a quite traditional thing to do) not only includes Nintendo’s new console, but also a lovely 3D sculpture of an inkling from Splatoon. And that’s definitely not traditional at all.
To be fair, Kanda Miyojin is very popular between otaku, anime fans and nerds in general, not only due to the fact that it’s very close to Akihabara, but also because it’s one of the settings of the first season of the Love Live anime. One of the protagonists, Nozomi Tojo, works at the shrine as a shrine maiden, and Kanda Miyojin actually adopted her as the shrine’s mascot, which is why many of the Ema hanging there depict Love Live characters. They also come with delightfully nerdy prayers, and a whole lot of wishes for a girlfriend.
That said, video game-themed Ema are much rarer, and especially ones crafted in 3D like this one are nearly unique.
Will Daikokuten, Ebisu, and Taira no Masakado (the three major Kami enshrined at Kanda Miyojin) grant this worshiper and gamer’s wish for a Switch? We’ll most probably never know. But we certainly have to applaud the effort and creativity.