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13 thoughts on “Goshuinchō: A Unique Souvenir from Japan”

  1. Fascinating! This reminds me of the Camino de Santiago where people bring stamp books to get stamped at the places they visit along the journey. By the way, Celia’s blog really is a fountain of knowledge of interesting places and cultures of Japan.

    1. Interesting! I have read about the Camino de Santiago but didn’t know that the pilgrims collected stamps as well. Do you know whether this custom is still practised in Europe?

    1. Highly recommend! Each book is one-of-a-kind and no one will have the same book as yours 😉 Even if you and your boyfriend give the books at the same time, you might end up with two different-looking pages.

    1. Trust me! It is addictive. I was so proud that I got 7 stamps on my first trip 🙂 If collecting stamps is not for you, you might be charmed by countless variation of book cover. Some are so beautiful that I thought I could buy just because of the cover 🙂

      1. I am guilty of that. Buying books for their covers. So not superficial 😉 I am sure you take out those stamps often and stare at their beauty.

      1. The book was gifted to me from a friend so I actually don’t know the first one…but the first one that I got was from Tōdai-ji!

      2. A grand place to get the first goshuin 😛 I also have a stamp there. It’s accompanied by big and bold calligraphy.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this post with me! This was on my plan for my cancelled trip to Japan, it such a unique souvenir, it definitely seems to have its own spirit. Love your pictures as well!

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