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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


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Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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I’m in Japan today and won’t necessarily be able to link up. I am thinking of you all however.

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Today I am going to Sanjusangendo temple. The first time I went I was moved to tears by the overwhelming compassion. I won’t say more in case you get to go some time. I knew I wanted to return here.
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Also my husband is close to impossible to buy for. Last time I was here, I found a gift for him that he has kept in his den.
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They sell these satin embroidered bags, about the size and shape of a tea bag.
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This one has a tree embroidered on it and is a blessing for health.

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They have all different ones. I bought some for the grandchildren, with an image of a boy and girl. They are a blessing for children. One lady in my group was asking if they had one to find a mate. I don’t think they did.

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As I recall they cost about 500 to 800 yen. ( about $6 to $10.)

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This golden one looks like it came from Sanjusangendo.

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This is paper with some thickness inside.

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If my memory is correct, this one I got for myself. It’s a prayer for relief of headaches. Now, let’s see if they have one for memory. XD

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Sending you all a prayer and good wishes.

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© 2010 Jeanne Litt

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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Japan

 

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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

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2010 in Japan

 

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