In Japan, there is a custom to receive Goshuin, 御朱印, the seal when visiting Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Their seal is the proof of visiting Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples on the booklet you will find in black ink the date, the name of the shrine, and the main deity. Goshuin is stamped on a special booklet called Goshuincho.
In the past, Goshuin was used to be proof of the dedication of a copy sutra to shrines and temples. Nowadays this custom still remains as proof of visiting the site. Some people like to collect the stamps as just trip memories. It is a good idea to show it to your family or friends as a souvenir.
Kyoto is usually packed with tourists from all over the world. But as the coronavirus outbreak keeps visitors away from the historic streets. So some shrines and temples start to offer their good luck charms by mail.
Aizuchi shrine, located in the Yawata city in Kyoto, is offering Goshiun by mail. The shrine is popular with women because the shrine is one of the locations of the popular game, Tokenranbu. Tokenranbu is an online web browser game. Players assume the role of a sage who travels into the past to defeat evil forces and has the ability to animate legendary swords, which are depicted as attractive young men. Though it is a game, many fans of it visit the shrines related to the birthplace of sords. Amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak, people can’t go out and travel. So the shrine started to offer it by mail and it got successful.
10, Byodani Yawata, Kyoto, 611-0021
A 12-minute walk from “Iwashimizuhachimangu” Sta. on the Keihan line
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