JAPAN DAY 20
Temple 36 19km
Total km’s walked in Japan 412
Accumulative total of km’s walked 2129
Walked through Tosa City, then up over a mountain to avoid going through a tunnel. Temple 36 was quite an old temple with lots and lots of stairs. They had really cool water fountains in the shape of dragons, I loved them. Looking in the guidebook at the next day’s section we noticed there was a ferry that took you across the bay where you could join up with the trail again. Soon after getting of the ferry there was supposedly a Henro Hut that was ok to sleep in...Well it was a dump, bird poop everywhere, no water, the toilet was nearly a kilometre away, so we decided to walk on. After ringing several places we found a roadside motel within a Hobo’s budget. So our accomodation tonight is a lovely ryokan. When we arrived the host had only expected two people not three and said she couldn’t fit three. what transpired was so funny, showing us different option where David could sleep from in the shed to in the back of the van. In the end, we convinced her we could all fit in the room.
HIGHTLIGHT: Having a room to ourselves..... wink wink
LOWLIGHT: Having to pay for accomodation, it pushes the budget out a little so need to wiggle other nights further down the trail.
Grateful today for having a little wiggle room in the budget, being a Hobo can stress you out where money is concerned. We blew the budget in New Zealand with getting to and from trail heads. It is imperative we stay with in budget in Japan. I am grateful for my willingness to push myself outside my comfort zone. I am grateful for young Elvira we are walking with, she is thoughtful and knowledgeable and we have some great conversations as we walk.
Who is Kobo Daishi?
Kūkai (posthumously known as Kōbō Daishi) was born at Zentsū-ji on the island of Shikoku (near Temple 75) in 774, he studied in China, and upon his return was highly influential in the promotion of Buddhism in Japan. He established the Shingon Buddhist temples of Kōya-san, was an active writer, undertook a decades-long program of public works, and during visits to the island of his birth is believed to have established or visited many of its temples (some of which had been pagan and shamanic holy places long before the arrival of Buddhism). He passed away at Koya-san in 835.
The Shikoku Pilgrimage is following his journey around Shikoku in his honour. edit.