JAPAN DAY 4
Temples 1-6 17km
Total km’s walked in Japan 17 Accumulative total of km’s walked 1471
Well the journey has began today we did the first 6 temples.
We started this morning at 8am with a Nun taking us to the temple to show us how to pray, we were both all thumbs. It was definitely a comedy act. Three trips back to our packs to get different things required for the ceremony, then candles flying everywhere, then no change for donation another trip back to the packs, cleansed our hands and back to pack again as no cloth to dry our washed hand.....you get the picture finally we are in front of the temple reciting the sutras. Well if Kobi Daishi wasn’t turning in his grave he would have been laughing so hard. Definitely a A for effort, and F for our Japanese. I must admit by the time we arrived at temple 6 we had the rhythm and order nearly right, the actual reciting of the sutras we still have a long way to go.
Tonights accomodation is a bell tower with just enough room for three, we are sharing the space with a young girl from Denmark Elvira.
HIGHLIGHT: Have to say a dinner from the 7/11 store , three ready made salads, delicious. After our eggs the other day and tonights dinner, I have to say five stars Japan 7/11.
LOWLIGHT: Unfortunately I have to say our reciting of the sutras, I don’t think anyone would even know that it was Japanese. Sorry Kobi Daishi I promise I will improve.
Tonight I am grateful we got through today reasonably easily, I am definitely feeling completely out of my comfort zone. I am grateful for the osettai we received today of a beautiful origami kimono, a refreshing green tea and a small towel for around our neck...the two latter definitely help combat the heat. I am as always grateful for the Spunky Rooster who keeps reminding me of the Pilgrims Oath which says.....” I will not complain if things do not go well while on the pilgrimage, but consider such experiences to be part of ascetic training. “
So tomorrow I will endeavour to improve my reciting of the sutras.
GANBATTE to tomorow