I loved learning about this. It’s one of those things that I wish I had known about sooner, because it’s so different and interesting. To me, these almost seemed like a secret…I’d never seen one before.
Do you already know about shuin? A shuin is a stamp from Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan. You can collect the stamps in blank notebooks called shuinchō.
The way it works is that you buy one of these blank notebooks at a temple, then you get the book stamped at each shrine or temple that you visit. A monk from the temple will press a red-inked stamp onto a blank page, then layer over it with black hand-drawn calligraphy.
The temple book becomes a record of the shrines and temples you’ve visited. It’s a beautiful souvenir.
Sometimes the best “secrets” are hidden in plain sight.
What souvenirs have you discovered in your travels?