JAPAN DAY 13
Temple 24 25. 41km
Total km’s walked in Japan 256
Accumulative total km’s walked 1984
Today we visited two temples with the help of a little bus ride we covered 41 km. We decided last night that we really couldn’t afford to have a days rest and still make our June 26th deadline, so we opted to inject a little transport into the pilgrimage this was something we had intended to do, just we didn’t know where and when. This has now set us up for the next five days with accomodation at the right kilometre mark. We are finding it difficult to get cheap accomodation at the right km mark for us. Tonight we were suppose to stop at the Shukobu at temple 24, but when we arrived the asking price for the room was double the quoted price (I think it was lost in translation when we enquired) so we had to walk on towards the next temple to find accomodation that was within a hobos budget. :(
Today we weaved in and out of little seaside villages, all with their own personality. Some are surfing grottos others fishing and some our very much tourist meccas. If you looked closely they all tell there own story. Unfortunately, all information and signage is only in Japanese, so it is up to our imagination and common sense to create the story of each village. This can keep us entertained whilst walking for quiet awhile.
HIGHLIGHT: The big bath in tonights accommodation, for the first time in years I had a long soak in the tub.
LOWLIGHT: My feet are still really sore tomorrow I am going to have to put on lots of tape. :(
Grateful for the accomodation tonight, it has given me a chance to attend to my feet in private. Grateful for the bus ride and the gentleman that helped us get tickets, without people assisting us along the way we would be stuck. Grateful for time with the Spunky Rooster, so we can talk about what is going on in our heads.
WHAT IS A PILGRIMAGE
A pilgrimage by definition is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other locations of importance to a persons beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphysical journey into someones own beliefs
How does a pilgrimage differ from a holiday?
A pilgrimage is a transformative journey full of hardships, darkness and peril. In the tradition of pilgrimages those hardship are not seen as accidental but as integral to the journey itself. Treacherous terrain, bad weather taking a fall and getting lost- challenges beyond our control, strip the ego of the illusion that it is in charge and make space for the true self to emerge. The destruction of this illusion ensures that the pilgrim starts to centre on the here and now -in every moment of the journey.