This is a Nōkyō-chō (stamp book) made for the anniversary of the 1300 years Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage foundation in 2018.
This is a recommend product from the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage Association (西国三十三カ所札所会).
We have been providing the small size Nōkyō-chō that can be easily to carry.
On the first page, there is a color drawing of Shichi-Kannon (the seven Kannon/七観音). On the second page, there is a drawing describing that monk Tokudo Shonin (徳道上人) was given Hoin (stamps or seals/寶印) by Emma Daio (judge of the afterlife/閻魔大王).
On the third page, there is the information about the 1300 years Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage foundation.
The head monk of Hase-dera (Hase Temple/長谷寺), Tokudo Shonin (徳道上人) was in a coma around 1.300 years ago.
He met Emma-Daio (閻魔大王), the judge of the afterlife and was told that he needed to spread the 33 temples of Kannon pilgrimage sites in the world to save the number of people who will go to hell and then their sins will be reduced.
After completing the mission, Emma-Daio then gave Tokudo the seals (shuin/
朱印) of all 33 temples and sent him back to the land of the living.
In 718, the Nara period, Tokudo founded the 33 temples, but it was hard for people to visit these temples at the time because of bad roads. He placed seals which were given by Emma-Daio inside of a stone coffin (now it is known for 24th temple Narayama-dera/中山寺).
In the Heian period, roads had been improved and Cloistered Emperor Kazan (花山法皇) found Tokudo’s seals and finally built the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage sites.
There are 33 pages, one for each of the 33 temples on the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage
(from the first temple Seiganto-ji to the 33th temple Kegon-ji), and pages for Hoki-in,
On each of these pages you can receive the temple seal (or stamp).
Each pages cannot be removed because they are bound with thread.
At the back of the book, there are 43 blank pages. You can use them for receiving Waka poems.
The cover of Nōkyō-chō is made of vinyl.
・Size = Length about 19.5cm/7.67inch, Width about 14.5cm/5.7inch, Thickness about
・Weight = about 322g/0.7pounds
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