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It&#039;s a promise Part 2 (1)
Tatsumi: I went on a trip yesterday and came back just now.
Producer: Heeh, a one-day trip? That's nice. Where did you go?
Tatsumi: Kamakura
Producer: Kamakura! That's a really nice place! It's just a bit unexpected. What did you see there? If we're talking about Kamakura then the reason must be to see the Large Statue of Buddha, right?
Tatsumi: ....
Producer: Madarao-kun? Why did you turn silent?
Tatsumi: ...I don't mind telling it to you.
Producer: ?
Tatsumi: Yesterday I went to Kamakura to visit temples.
Producer: Temples?
Tatsumi: Do you know about Goshuincho's?[1]
Producer: Goshuincho...I've heard about them but I don't know very well.
It&#039;s a promise Part 2 (2)
Tatsumi: Wait a moment, I have it with me today...Here, this is a goshuincho.
Producer: Uwah, incredible...So this is a goshuincho?
Tatsumi: Yeah. I've been visiting a lot of temples and collecting stamps. I think you can get a lot in Tokyo or Asakusa too[2]
Producer: Heeh...I didn't know that you could get such great things in temples at all. It looks like stamp rally doesn't it?
It&#039;s a promise Part 2 (3)
Tatsumi: No, you're not mistaken, but don't put them together.
Producer: Ah, sorry.
Producer: But, this gives a lot more sense of accomplishment than normal stamps. I can understand why you would give up on a day of rest and go around.
It&#039;s a promise Part 2 (4)
Tatsumi: That's right, I can't get enough of that feeling when you fill each page one by one.
Producer: Yes yes, I understand very well.
Tatsumi: I would like to try one day the Shikoku Pilgrimage of 88 temples.[3]
Producer: Shikoku Pilgrimage?
Tatsumi: You can understand it from it's name, right? It's a pilgrimage where you visit all 88 temples and collect the red seals.
Tatsumi: If you keep coming and going many times the goshuincho becomes filled with red stamps.
Tatsumi: I want to try it once in my life.
Producer: You really like it don't you
It&#039;s a promise Part 2 (5)
Tatsumi: If something bad happens you should go in a journey like me! Shall we go together next time?
Producer: Yes, I'm eager to go!
Tatsumi: Ok! It's a promise so don't forget it!
It&#039;s a promise Part 2 (6)
Tatsumi: Ah, that's right. When I went to visit the temple I saw the Chinese boy and the lively blonde American from the third generation, you know?
Producer: Chinese boy...Chaoyang-kun, and the lively blonde must be Seiya-kun, right?
Producer: Those two like temples too...
Tatsumi: Must be it. It would be funny to go with them next time too!

NotesEdit

  1. A goshuincho 御朱印帖  is a book used to collect the official vermilion (shu, in Japanese) colored stampings from the name seals of temples and shrines.The book itself (cho, in Japanese) is a bound set of blank paper where the priests do the stamping and writing. Each inscription is made of two parts: the stamping of the seal and the writing of the temple's name, usually done in beautiful calligraphy. You can find more info about themhere
  2. Asakusa is a district in Taitō, Tokyo, famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. There are several other temples in Asakusa, as well as various festivals. (which is the reason why Tatsumi mentions it)(Wikipedia)
  3. The Shikoku Pilgrimage (四国遍路 Shikoku Henro?) or Shikoku Junrei (四国巡礼?) is a multi-site pilgrimage of 88 temples associated with the Buddhist monk Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi) on the island of Shikoku, Japan. A popular and distinctive feature of the island's cultural landscape, and with a long history, large numbers of pilgrims (known as henro (遍路?)) still undertake the journey for a variety of ascetic, pious, and tourism-related purposes.(Wikipedia)

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