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Antique 12 Japanese Handwritten Pilgrimage Books A Set

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Antique 12 Japanese Handwritten Pilgrimage Books A Set
This is a set of 12 books including Shuincho, and books related to pilgrimages dated in the Edo (one book has a date Bunkyu Gannen ,1861 ) and rest are from Meiji ( late 1800s to early 1900s ). Shuincho is from Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage (Saikoku Sanjusansho junrei) which covers 33 temples dedicated to Kannon in Western Japan and is the most famous of Japanese pilgrimages. Shuincho is a book used by Japanese Buddhist pilgrims which bears the stamps obtained from priests at temples visited on a prescribed pilgrimage route. Each temple gives a stamp or two or three, and in certain cases the monk will write the name of the temple and the date, etc. In this case, the kanji or calligraphy is stamped on each of the pages, not hand written, and the stamps are all hand applied using cinnabar ink. The smallest book has complete 33 visits, also there are books of visit to Awaji, Isejingu, Ise shrine, Tajima,Tokyo, Kyoto which have records of spending expenses. The smallest book has 20 pages ( 18 pages have writings ),the thickest book has 26pages ( 4 pages have writings ) , and rest have 3-13 pages with unstamped and white empty pages. The Japanese temple book is one of the best kept secrets in Japan. The Shuincho is used to collect unique hand drawn calligraphy and stamps from temples and shrines all across Japan. A Monk from the temple, with expert calligraphy skills, will stamp a red design in your book. The stamp is unique to only that place. He then brushes in the name of the temple and date you have visited with black ink and decorative calligraphy.The practice of collecting stamps from temples goes way back in Japanese history. It is directly related to the idea of making pilgrimages to various holy sites like Mt. Fuji and Mt. Koya. As well as circuit pilgrimages like the 88 Holy Sites of Shikoku. The largest book W 5.25 x L13.5 x D 0.2 ( 13.3cm W x 34.3cm L x 0.5cm D ) Because these books are carried around, there is some wear.

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