So you’ve finally booked the ticket and you’ve run through your “essentials” checklist. But don’t close that checklist yet! At least not until you browse through this article where I’ll introduce 2 more (lightweight) things that you might just want to bring to make your Japan travel experience uniquely yours.
1. Goshuincho (Book of Seals)
If you are going to Japan, there’s a high chance that you are visiting some temples for sightseeing. Apart from taking photos, there’s something more that you can do in your visit – obtaining a goshuin or a temple seal. A goshuin is unique for every (but may not be available in some) temple and it contains the date and name of the temple in calligraphy. You can receive this by getting yourself a goshuincho (book of seals) and paying for a modest fee (300-500 yen).
A goshuin pertains to book of seals, which, years ago were given to those who bring a piece of paper with their wish and donate a sutra (shakyo) to the temple. These days, it has become pretty popular not just with the pious elderly but also with the younger generation.
Goshuins are considered sacred by those who practice Buddhism so even if you are not a Buddhist, show respect to their belief by treating your goshuincho accordingly. Prior to obtaining this, pay respect to the temple and consider the expected etiquette. After paying your respects, you can then ask where the goshuin is, by saying “Goshuin wa doko de moraemasuka”. Request for the goshuin by saying, “Goshuin o onegaishimasu.”
Get a blank goshuincho in advance from our shop and have it delivered to your doorsteps.
2. Travel Log Notebook
Hear me out. Although Facebook, and Instagram might be considered by most as enough, if you’ve seen this travel log notebook, you will change your mind. Encased in a simple minimalist brown cover, this travel notebook is open to many possibilities and creative adventure.
It allows you to plan for the theme of your travel, with spaces to write your schedule, things you want to do, and some room for memo.
Wait, there’s more! You can also list down your day’s highlights and attach photos on the pages, with star ratings, memo and address.
That’s not all! You can also use this notebook to log all your travel purchases,
and it gives you some more room for some more memo.
Besides that, it contains a list of international telephone codes,
a space where you can list addresses, and your personal information!
Get this in our shop, too!
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