Walking The Henro: Day 18

November 20, 2017: Shirotori Onsen to Temple 1. We started our Henro pilgrimage on September 28, 2015 at Temple 1. Today, we complete the circuit, visiting all 88 temples on the Henro-michi and returning to our starting point at Temple 1. Egg vending machine! Temple 1: Ry┼Źzenji A monk completes the last page in our... Continue Reading →

Shikoku: A Walk in the Rain

The day started off well enough. It was a pleasant sunny morning as we departed Tokushima on the first of three trains and one bus. They would take us to the foot of a trail leading 200 meters up through dense forest to Hotsumisakiji, Temple 24 on the Henro pilgrimage route. By the time we... Continue Reading →

Shikoku: Third Time Lucky

Japan...again. We've just arrived in Tokushima, a mid-sized city on the eastern tip of Shikoku, the smallest and least populated of Japan's four major islands. This will be our jumping-off point for our on-again, off-again long-distance Buddhist pilgrimage walk around the island. (More about that as our journey progresses.) Our Shikoku adventure first started in... Continue Reading →

Shikoku: Mudras, Mandalas and Mantras

Goodbye Tokushima. Goodbye friends. Today we leave behind the big city and our pilgrim friends, Kanaka and Itou. They will be heading back to their homes on the mainland. We will thread our way through the messy edge of the city and back into a more rural landscape of villages, rice fields and temples. Not... Continue Reading →

Shikoku: Three Circles

Farewell mountains. Hello Tokushima. Again. Our five days of walking has taken us in a complete circle, back to the place where our journey began. When we first arrived on Shikoku five days ago, we headed to Temple 1 in the small hamlet of Bando. There, we purchased our Henro gear and fumbled our way... Continue Reading →

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