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