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Goshuin: Identity card temples and shrines The word "Goshuin" (御 朱 印) literally means "Red Seal, red stamp". Originally a Goshuin was a letter bearing the red seal of the Shogun. Today it may be akin to an identity card, a signature of Buddhist Temples (お寺 - Otera) and Shinto Shrines (神社 - Jinja) . A Goshuin is composed of one or more red seals (they are often "Kamon") and the name of the temple or shrine, a "mantra" and today's date written in Japanese calligraphy. The priest will begin by putting the red seals representing the sacred energy of the place. Then he will write with a brush the name of the temple or sanctuary, a "mantra" that identifies the power of the seals and finally the date. result is a "powerful talisman" and a genuine work of art of calligraphy. Each is unique because Goshuin handmade! The Goshuins are written in a "notebook" (御 朱 印 帖 - Goshuinchou) specially dedicated to this purpose. You can buy this book at the counter of the temple or sanctuary, it is in the form of accordion and contains all (both sides) about 40 pages. After the first Goshuin registered, use the same book next to the temple, and so on to complete the book. This book costs an average of 1.000 yen, and the average price of Goshuin is 300 yen . For a visitor or Tourist, Goshuinchou (and Goshuins) is a beautiful memory, unique and custom (as tracks your visits) to return from Japan (for a very minimal cost) !
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