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The Wishing Tree Los Angeles California United States
The Wishing Tree
You know all those wishes you've kept in your heart and perhaps brought to mind only when blowing out birthday candles? There is a home for them.

I inadvertently came upon what's known as "The Wishing Tree" in the center of a small outside mall in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles. It's a stunning sight -- less like a tree, more like a stationery store gone awry.

Colorful slips of paper strung by ribbon happily fluttered in the breeze, criss crossing each other like chattering leaves. Handwritten on each piece of paper were a variety of wishes ranging from good grades to global peace -- some humorous, some dreamy, all honest.

The tree is based on a Japanese tradition originated from the annual Tanabata Festival, in which people write their wishes on small pieces of paper and tie them to bamboo trees.

Don't be shy -- put pen to paper and add your wish to the tree. It won't be alone.
335 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
+1 213-617-1900
Sat - Wed 7am - 7pm
Thur, Fri 7:15am - 7:45pm