Collecting: Prayer Beads

Strings of prayer beads can be found at many temples in the shapes of bracelets or in larger sizes consisting of more beads. At 54 temples in and around Kyoto which participate in the Juzu Junrei (数珠巡礼) or “Prayer Bead Pilgrimage,” you can also find individual prayer beads engraved with the name of the temple at which it was purchased. Ninna-ji is one of the temples involved in this pilgrimage, and you can find the others listed in Japanese here. Visitors can collect as many beads as they want and arrange them in any form they would like, though prayer beads are usually strung in groups of 108 beads, or in quantities that evenly divide into 108 such as 54, 36, or 27.

These are the two options available, both have”仁和寺” (Ninna-ji) engraved on them, but it was difficult to take a photograph that showed the engraving nicely.
Prayer Bead Pilgrimage
There is also one other pilgrimage that involves collecting prayer beads that Ninna-ji participates in, the Kinki Acala Pilgrimage (Kinki Fudōson Junrei). “Kinki” is the name for the area of western Japan including Kyoto, Osaka, Wakayama, Nara, Shiga and Hyogo prefectures. This pilgrimage consists of 36 temples in Kinki, of which Ninna-ji is numbered the 14th.

Ninna-ji Prayer Bead

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