Monthly Archives: January 2010

Travel to Japan – Pilgrim Book

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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Creative Visualization

Have you heard of creatively visualizing? There is a part of our brain that doesn’t distinguish between what is really happening and what we want to happen. We can use this part to help us further our goals.

In your creative imagination, see what you want to have happen, as if it is happening now. Write it down and or speak it out loud to yourself.

Here is me doing it with my trip to Japan.

I am in Japan. I have no jet lag this morning. I am on my way to the temple at Sanju-Sangen-Do.

Here I am in the temple feeling overwhelming compassion as I see the display. I look and look and there is no end to it. I have tears in my eyes.

Now I am at lunch in the restaurant that serves many courses and they all feature tofu. It is so delicious. I am contented and very present in the moment.


I am in the Iya valley. Words keep coming to me. I am writing of my impressions. It feels like my consciousness is flying around the valley, like some part of me is set free after a long time.


I am soaking in the hot spring. The air is very cool so I stay up to my neck in water. I am deeply relaxed.

I am at Omori-Cho. I have found some things to buy. I have sheets for my bed. They feel like a smooth comforting nest to sleep in. I have more socks and some exciting finds.

My clothes are loose after all the walking I have done and the Japanese diet is a good fit for me. I am content to go home, knowing I will come again. After all, a part of my heart is Japanese.

I invite you to creatively visualize a goal of yours, tell it as if you are doing it now. XD

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur


Posted by on January 16, 2010 in Abundance, How to, Japan


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Travel to Japan – Japanese Toilets

Japanese toilets are even more amazing than what they have done with toilet paper holders.

First there is your ordinary old style toilet. You squat over it to use it. This one has toilet paper.

Japanese people carry their own toilet paper with them, in a small packet, like tissues. They believe the responsibility for having toilet paper rests with the user. While we have people handing out fliers on the street, they hand out toilet paper packets with advertising on them.

In some places there are toilets very much like ours. Often where there are old style toilets, there will be one Western style toilet, if you are willing to wait for it to be freed up.

Then there are toilets like ours with the addition of a sink that drains its water into the tank to flush the toilet. So they use the water twice, once to wash your hands and later to flush the toilet.

Then there are the fancy toilets in hotels and museums and homes of the well to do.

These fancy toilets often have heated seats. They have a bidet like spray that can be angled to wash off male or female bottoms after toileting. The sprayer remains under the seat until it is needed. Some have warm air blowers to dry you off. They have different control panels. Some let you control the temperature and intensity of the water spay or the dryer.

In some homes that I was privileged to visit, the people have the bathroom out of the main activity area of the house. They plant scented vegetation outside the bathroom so the scent comes in the window. The bathroom can be a beautiful work of art.

Japanese have a separate pair of slippers that are worn only in the toilet area.

I’m sold. I want a fancy toilet although I must admit I was in Japan a long time before I dared try the controls. Who knows what I might have done to myself?

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.


Posted by on January 15, 2010 in Japan


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Friday For Friends – Book Review – A Doll In The Wall by Thea Phipps


TITLE: The Doll In The Wall

AUTHOR: Thea Phipps

PUBLISHER: Xlibris Corporation (October 27, 2009)

Paperback: 344 pages

PRICE: $19.99

Before Christmas I was lucky to win a copy of Thea Phipps book, The Doll In The Wall.

Thea Phipps bio lets you know she is funny and fun, so I was looking forward to reading her book The Doll In The Wall. I love a good mystery and humor makes it that much better.

Early on she got to me with a presence that came through in her choice of words.

Pg. 65 ROFL

Pg. 189 I’m stumped by the intricate mystery here.

The description of fallen petals like confetti speaks to me.

Pg. 116 reminds me of the first time I kissed a boy. (sigh)

I love that Thea brings up the difference between being unaware of someone vs. ignoring them, perhaps because you have such regard for them.

Pg. 270 Thea uses chess in a brilliant way.

Here is a photo of my “cheat sheets” as I was determined to solve this mystery.

Pg. 288 LOL, tears in my eyes.

This was a satisfying read,well plotted and well wrapped up. Later I found myself missing the characters. I love when that happens. Thank you Thea

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur


Posted by on January 14, 2010 in Book Review


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Travel To Japan – Omori-Cho

Another favorite place that I am longing to return to is Omori-Cho. When I googled it I found Steve Biemel had written about it

Count me as one of those who was enchanted and longs to return there.

Matsuba Tomi-san organized a meal for our large tour group. Yes it was delicious, served family style and cooked in a very old kitchen. One of the many things that is forever in my memory was what they did with an ordinary white paper cup.

They put a leaf on each cup and tied it with blue string. They added a small square of fabric, and it looked so lovely. I kept my paper cup and brought it home with me. It still impacts positively on me, what they did with a few simple things.

The hospitality was very gracious. A man from the town, I think he is the one pictured in Steve Biemel’s blog entertained us by acting out a Japanese tale. I never saw anyone so agile and fluid in his movements.

The chopsticks we used at dinner were similar to these in the photo.

Theirs had undulations on most of the chopstick, as opposed to the ones in the photo with a few at the end. It made them so comfortable to grip.

It was even more impressive to me to know that these people had brought a ghost town back to life.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt All rights reserved.


Posted by on January 13, 2010 in Japan, Uncategorized


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Travel to Japan – Samue

When I was served dinner at a ryokan, It was by a beautiful woman in a kimono. For breakfast the next day the wait staff wore samue.

Samu means everyday labor and -e means clothes. Buddhist monks have worn the samue for centuries.

The samue wore by the wait staff were in pretty colors. I bought these navy blue ones to wear like scrubs. They are very comfortable.

At a flea market in Japan, I bought this top. It is my favorite jacket because it is comfortable, looks fine without ironing and is lightweight for Hawaiian weather. The inside is lined at the top with cotton fabric with writing printed on it. I think a sack was used for the lining.

I love the indigo color with jeans.

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur


Posted by on January 12, 2010 in Japan, Uncategorized


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Once I went to water aerobics and felt social anxiety. I observed myself thinking things like, other people don’t like me. I stopped those thoughts and asked for the ‘light’, the energy of the universe to fill me. As I did the exercises, I envisioned light coming out of the ends of my limbs and spreading through the water to the others. Then instead of feeling anxious, I felt like I was contributing and in that I felt worthwhile just being who I was and doing the class.

Before that I was caught up in thinking that because I didn’t want to join in other group activities that they would reject me.

I was after a way to feel that I am enough and that I have something of value to offer. What I got was a sense of oneness where being enough isn’t an issue.

In the above example, my demands on myself changed from thinking I had to do more activities to be accepted by the group; to feeling content with doing this class and knowing I was sending positive energy to all. In that, I was acceptable to myself and acceptance by the others didn’t matter to me.

© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur


Posted by on January 11, 2010 in How to


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