Why are Japanese women frequenting shrines and temples?
Collecting red “shuin” stamps is the latest craze among Japanese women and foreign tourists.
Japanese temples and shrines have been stamping visitors’ “shuincho” red seal books for over 1,000 years, and the practice inspired modern “stamp rallies” where enthusiasts visit participating train stations, convenience stores, etc. to collect stamps.
But the practice of collecting shuin at shrines and temples has recently caught on like wildfire because the brilliant vermillion seals with dynamic black calligraphy are so appealingly Japanese and collectable. The shuincho required to receive stamps are available in various designs at shrines and temples as well as stationary stores and office supply stores.
Every shrine and temple has its own unique stamp. The most popular ones in Kyoto include the cute stamp of Imamiya Shrine and the Miyamoto Musashi swordsman stamp of Hachidai Shrine. In Tokyo, the colorful stamp of Karasumori Shrine and historic stamp of Hie Shrine are especially sought after.
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- Why are Japanese women frequenting shrines and temples?