Ishi-age
   The practice of 'putting a stone' or pebble somewhere in a shrine as a customary act of devotion when visiting or on pilgrimage. Pebbles received at shrines or temples have prayers inscribed on them and are taken home. When the prayer or wish is fulfilled (e.g. recovery from illness) the pebble is returned to the shrine.

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