It’s been announced that a Goshuinchō book designed by CLAMP will be released in October.
A shuin (朱印) is a seal stamp given to worshippers and visitors to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan. The seal stamps are often collected in books called shuinchō (朱印帳) that are sold at shrines and temples.
More info: Shuin.
The first time CLAMP spoke about their desire of designing their own Goshuinchō book was during the 14th episode of their former radio show, CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru.
Most temples sell their own (go-)shuin books for worshipers to buy. They are covered in cloth and are bound accordion style so that you can open the book and display the temple stamp & calligraphy on the family shrine/altar shelf. In recent years fashion designers and artists have designed their own (go-)shuin book covers and those can be found at various shops (bookstores/stationery stores/lifestyle goods shops).
Source: Saikoku33-1300 Years.
This looks interesting! I have a feeling this is going to be one gorgeous book with traditional Japanese-style design.
More info as they come!
I’d be really interested in getting one of these, too! It depends on the price and whether or not there’s a giant Mokona stamped on it, ahaha.
It’s a shame that this will be released in October, shortly after I leave Japan and Kyoto. Otherwise this would be perfect for my trip.
To be clear: what CLAMP are designing is the cover of a Goshuinchō book, right? So I suppose a temple requested that work from them?
I’m not too clear about the content of the book, but this is not something CLAMP can produce from what I understand? Since the pages are pretty much stamps and calligraphy from monks to their visitors.
So ultimately these are actually originally empty books with blank pages and the worshippers / visitors are supposed to travel from one shrine/temple to another collecting stamps and messages from monks from each of them?
Exactly. Think of it as a passport 😉 it will have the cover and binding design by CLAMP, maybe some minimal page design (watermarks, frames etc) but the pages will be blank.