JAPAN DAY 10
Temple 22 29km
Total km’s walked in Japan 169
Accumulative total km’s walked 1669
Perseverance was what we had decided to write on our name slips today and perseverance is what was required to get today DONE. Lot’s of ups and downs. It was a long hard slog that seemed to go on forever. We had hoped to get to temple 23 today but the hard trail had slowed as down, we crawled into Hiwasa around 5.30pm. We had been told that there was a Henro Hut at the Hiwasa Train Station so we headed straight there. Finally arriving we were greeted by what could only be described as picnic shelter with a bench and seats I nearly cried. I was so exhausted and now this. But the budget didn’t allow for paid accomodation so it was a “ suck it up princess “ situation. Upon closer inspection they were actually a ingenious designed hut. On 3 sides there where plastic blinds that came down, the chairs and the table folded up into the walls and when we placed our bivvy bags in it was a perfect place to spend the night. Maybe this was Kobo Daishi’s lesson to me, don’t judge a book by it’s cover? 7/11 was just across the road and the train station amenities less than 100m away. PERFECT.
HIGHLIGHT: Our accomodation tonight, I’m snug as a bug in a rug in my bivvy
LOWLIGHT: How far we walked (to far :-( )
Grateful today for the lesson of perseverance, how often do we give up the things we want in life because it gets to hard, or to many problems? Today we walked and walked, there was many a time I wanted to stop, but we have to stick to our schedule to complete the trail before we fly out. So I am grateful I kept going and am rewarded with this amazing little hut and a warm bivvy. I am grateful for having eyes wide open, that can see beauty in the simple things like the beautiful flower in the cleansing water today (see picture below) I am grateful for the Japanese people and their kindness on the road, the little gifts, their patients in trying to understand and help us and their ingenuity in creating this gorgeous and practical hut.
THE HENRO VEST
The white vest or Oizura is symbolic of ancient times when Henro would often die on the trail. They would wear white so they could be buried wherever they fell. On the back of every Oizura is written Dogyo Ninin meaning we two travel together or two people 1 practice. It is suppose to represent the presence of Kobo Daishi with every pilgrim.