Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

Wishing Tree in Tainan, Taiwan

Wishing Tree in Tainan, Taiwan

Walking through Tainan, I encountered a wishing tree. I’d never seen a wishing tree before, let alone a wishing tree of this size. Little wooden plaques hung all around its trunk. I can’t read Chinese so the individual and assembled letters were cryptic to me, but each plaque was scribbled with a wish to someone or something, somewhere — like letters sent from the post office of Hope & Thought.

The sign says "ruyi" or "as you wish", referencing a sceptre in Chinese folklore that symbolized good fortune

The sign says “ruyi” or “as you wish”, referencing a sceptre in Chinese folklore that symbolized good fortune

Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

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