Shikoku Pilgrimage / Ohenro

Henro Day 21: July 11

Michi-no-Eki Mima 道の駅みま → Matsuyama City 松山市 Temples: 41 (Ryūkōji 竜光寺), 42 (Butsumoku-ji 佛木寺), 43, Meiseki-ji 明石寺) 51 (Ishite-ji 石手寺) Weather: Sunny Travel Method:  Walking + Train Distance: 23.8km  (+75.3 km)  A fellow henro once told me, ‘When far from the temple, wake early; when close, rise later.’ Sleep is precious everywhere. Still, I rise at 5:30 today because I […]

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Shikoku Pilgrimage / Ohenro

Henro Day 18: July 8

Michi-no-Eki Bios Oogata 道の駅ビオス おおがた → Shimonokae 下ノ加江 Temples: None Weather: Cloudy + Rain Travel Method:  Walking Distance: 28 km Last night was meh. That one word synthesises a relatively comfortable spot (under a table), feeling comfortable (mostly not too hot or cold), a full belly (from snacks), general feeling of safety (could see incoming traffic), and a decent […]

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Shikoku Pilgrimage / Ohenro

Henro Day 16: July 6

Somewhere in Takaoka-gun (高岡郡) Temples: None Weather: Cloudy + Rain Travel Method:  None! Distance: 0 ‘Stay’ is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary. – Louisa May Alcott  ‘Stay’ has enticed many a traveller to lay down roots, caused many a vagabond to lay down their wanders. Nomads have heard it from mystics and monks in deep jungles and remote mountains. […]

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Shikoku Pilgrimage / Ohenro

Henro Day 10: June 30

Kagami 香我美 → Nankoku City 南国市 → Kochi City 高知市 Temples: 28 (Dainichi-ji 大日寺), 29 (Tosa Kokubun-ji 土佐国分寺), 30 (Zenrakuji 善楽寺) Weather: Sunny → Cloudy → Rain Travel Method:  Walking Distance: 26.9km The birds begin chirping just before night melts into navy blue. It’s not even 5:00. I peek over at the henro on the […]

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Shikoku Pilgrimage / Ohenro

Henro Day 9: June 29

Kōnomine-ji 神峰寺 → Ioki 伊尾木 → Aki 安芸 → Akano 赤野 → Yasu 夜須 → Kagami 香我美 Temples: None Weather: Sunny Travel Method:  Walking Distance: 35.3km I woke up in the middle of the night only once, which is an accomplishment. I wake again in the dark before 5:00 because I had originally wanted to climb […]

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