I really enjoy going to the Shrines & Temples here in Japan . What I didn’t know about was Goshuin. These are stamps – shuin that you can get at most Shrines & Temples in Japan. Temple or shrine attendants will stamp your book and then hand write with ink & brush the name of the shrine or temple and the date. You must have a special book- goshuin chou for the shuin. Don’t try and get a stamp in the same book that you used to collect your tourist stamps.
Goshuin are special & sacred.
some of the seven stamps that I have collected so far.
I went to the Osu Kannon market the other day and found an old Goshuin chou. Stamps in the book date from 1933 to 1986. Someone spent 64 years collecting stamps in this little book.
Some of the stamps in this little old book.