Thursday, March 31, 2022

Goshuin-cho, pilgrimage stamp book, Japan, nd


Here's a type of accordion book that I'd never come across before. These Japanese accordion books are specifically for collecting the stamps/seals that you can get for a small fee when you visit Japanese shrines and temples. According to Lisa Wallin this has become a trend over the last couple of years, and apparently is particularly popular among women. This example has a cover made from traditional Japanese yuzen washi paper. Here's a link to Wallin's article explaining this very interesting tradition: A Beginner's Guide to Goshuincho: How To Get One and How to Use It | Guides & Insights
This book has 24 double-sided pages, individual pages 4.25" x 6.25, and when fully opened 8ft 6".

Goshuin-cho with temple/shrine stamps

Goshuin-cho with front and back covers

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