The subject of Nagano’s 7th postcard is that of Zenkoji, Nagano’s most famous Buddhist temple. I will definitely be posting about the card itself later, however every 7 years, a replica of the hibutsu (rumored to be the first ever buddhist statue brought to Japan and kept secret from everyone, even the head of the temple) will be shown in public. The statue shown is only a replica of the original, however it is still treated with reverence. The ceremony is called Gokaicho, and the next will start Sunday, April 5th and last until the end of May. You can read more about the festivities here. If you are around Nagano City and Zenkoji, I hope you can see the statue and participate in some of the events happening during this time.
To honor this unique event (and possibly because of the new postcard), Postacollect has released a special edition set of Form Cards showcasing this event!
The cards come in a set of 5, 4 regular sized cards plus one mini. They will begin sale on March 20th (tomorrow) along with the 7th set of postcards. The full set costs ¥1200, and they cannot be bought separately. They are only available at about 100 post offices in Nagano, and I apologize, but I’m not sure which ones. I would assume that the largest ones in each city, then probably all or most around Zenkoji proper would have them.
Along with the special set of form cards, a set of regular-shaped postcards plus stickers, and two clear file sets will also be sold. Finally, you can get the traditional red post box postcard with Zenkoji on it as well. Please check this post to see those (Japanese only).
All of these cards will go on sale March 20th. I hope some of you can get lucky and get a set of these fun cards! Don’t forget to pick up your new Nagano postcard then as well!