Walks and Hikes

Dewa Sanzan 3/3: Yudono-san

I follow the trekkers down a precipitous slope. It has busy traffic, but the mountain can accommodate us all. The sheer path is made entirely of loose rocks on dry dirt. I’m wary. I rolled my left ankle, yet again, on my way up Gassan. Rocks and dirt, the most harmonious path with nature is […]

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Shikoku Pilgrimage / Ohenro

Henro Afterword

If you’ve gotten this far, I thank you for reading my posts, whether one or all. Since I limited myself to 2000 words for most posts, there are many thoughts left unsaid, significances left unelaborated. I will address some of them below.  I am writing this in the land of pilgrimages. Every year in India, some […]

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Shikoku Pilgrimage / Ohenro

Henro Day 23: July 13

Matsuyama City 松山市 Temples: None Weather: Sunny with Clouds Travel Method:  Walking + Car Distance: None Glorious sleep, oh glorious sleep.  Real henro holiday. Henro-related things: zero. Today is errand day and lunch with a Couchsurfing host.  I drift into the living room, savour the yogurt, cereal, and cut fruits. I step outside onto the […]

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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 11: July 1

Kochi City 高知市 Temples: 31 Chikurin-ji (竹林寺), 32 Zenjibu-ji (禅師峰寺) Weather: Cloudy with Sunny Parts Travel Method:  Walking Distance: 17.1 km My alarm goes off in the pitch-black room. I resent it with a passion I never felt when woken by sunshine and the cheerful birds after a sleepless nojuku night. In the fog of fatigue after […]

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Shikoku Pilgrimage / Ohenro

Henro Day 7: June 27

Shishikui 宍喰 → Kiragawa 吉良川 Temples: 24 Hotsumisaki-ji (最御崎寺), 25 Shinshō-ji (津照寺), 26 Kongōchō-ji (金剛頂寺) Weather: Cloudy + Rain Travel Method: Bus + Walking Distance: (+40) 27 Morning. Fold futon. Curtains. Sunshine. It rained. Pack. Food. I move around as quietly as I can. Aurelie is still sleeping, and I enjoy extending the quiet as long […]

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Shikoku Pilgrimage / Ohenro

Henro Day 5: June 25

Anan City 阿南市 → Awa-Fukui 阿波福井→ Hiwasa City 日和佐市 Temples: 23 Yakuō-ji (薬王寺) Weather: Sunny + Cloudy Travel Method: Train + Walking Distance: (+14) 17.7 A clatter of voices and footsteps outside my door wakes me up. After it dies down, I roll over and push myself up groggily. I pack my bag and put the futon […]

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Shikoku Pilgrimage / Ohenro

Henro Day 4: June 24

Anan City –> Katsuura –> Aratano –> Anan City Temples: 20(Kakurin-ji 鶴林寺), 21(Tairyuu-ji 太龍寺), 22 (Byoudou-ji 平等寺) Weather: Sunny + Cloudy Travel Method: Car + Walking + Car Distance: (+22) 17 Additional Resources: Map of Kamo-no-michi between Temples 21-23 (2016) The morning glow gradually fills my room, but I can’t shake the sleepy haze. Slowly, I feel the […]

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