Travel to Japan – Pilgrim Book

18 Jan

In Japan, they sell these blank books.

They open fan folded and start in what we consider the back of the book. You take them with you when you visit the temples. For a small fee, a monk writes something in calligraphy. They also stamp with red ink. Each temple has it’s own calligraphy. I don’t know what it says, but I like to think it is a blessing.

Usually each one takes up a page.

These pictures show two pages.

It is so uplifting to watch the monks who write with total focus.

The calligraphy is a work of art that draws you in..And for such a nominal fee!

This one covers two pages.

I filled about 20 % of the book, so far.

These papers, some printed, one newspaper were inserted into the book. The calligraphy is done in front of you and then they close up the book and hand it back to you. The papers keep the drying ink from smearing.

All these blessings to you too.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt


Posted by on January 18, 2010 in Japan


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17 responses to “Travel to Japan – Pilgrim Book

  1. thelocalguide

    January 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

    wow, that’s a great ideia 🙂 and makes a nice souvenir as well.

    • purplume

      January 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

      Yes, it does. I traveled around with four of the books and gave them as gifts.

  2. themindofifer

    January 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Wow… those are absolutely gorgeous. I want!

    • purplume

      January 25, 2010 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Ifer. Maybe you’ll get one someday.

  3. Amy

    January 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    absolutely amazing

  4. It's just Me

    January 19, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Wow.. They are beautiful writings. So strong and confident. I am not one to buy souveniers (sp?) when I travel, but that would definitely be worth it! I like it a lot!

    • purplume

      January 25, 2010 at 9:29 am

      Yes, and you can keep it on the bookshelf and not have to dust it, much.

  5. Myfanwy

    January 19, 2010 at 10:39 am

    What an interesting concept. I can see lots of desing ideas in that…… (and yes, I did do the sampler – with my own hand dyed threads..)

    • purplume

      January 25, 2010 at 9:30 am

      I suspect Myfanwy that you see design ideas in everything. XD

  6. Alyson

    January 19, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Amazing and beautiful.
    Reading your recent post is an overwhelming visual feast. You are an excellent story teller.

    Alyzabeth’s Mommy

    • purplume

      January 25, 2010 at 9:31 am

      Oooh, thank you. What a nice thing to say. I love this compliment.

  7. Ashley

    January 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Those are so gorgeous!

    • purplume

      January 25, 2010 at 9:32 am

      They are. You could frame each page.

  8. jennee

    January 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    That is fantastic! I love that idea! I really want to do some more traveling now.

    • purplume

      January 25, 2010 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Jennee, I hope you get to travel more.

  9. Lavender Dreamer

    January 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

    WOW! This is fabulous! I’m enjoying reading your blog! Really awesome! ♥


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