Try your hand at calligraphy and concentration at a quiet temple in Kyoto
In Buddhism, Sutra copying is the act of hand-copying important scriptures. Before the invention of the writing press, this was also a means of propagating Buddhism. However, Sutra copying was also thought to be a Buddhist merit, which is why it is still a part of the training of Buddhist priests today. Recently, many temples offer regular people a chance to try their hand at sutra copying too. One of these temples is Ryosoku-in, a sub-temple of Kennin-ji Temple, the head temple of the Zen sect of Buddhism, where they hold sutra copying every day. You can quietly concentrate and just copy the Chinese characters. It’s surprisingly easy to do even if you know no Japanese, since it’s such a thin piece of paper that you can see the characters underneath. There is no time-limit so you don’t need to hurry. It’s not considered important how well you write; what’s important is how dedicated you are. I hope that you will have a chance to try sutra copying at Ryosoku-in.