JAPAN DAY 12
No Temples today 25km
Total km’s walked in Japan 215
Accumulative total km’s walked 1721
Today was such a contrast to yesterday, the gorgeous coastal views continued but without the rain and they were glorious. Throw in a Japanese surfy dude for good luck and you have a near perfect day. We are currently walking between temples 23 & 24 a 75km distance of some significance as we move from prefecture Tokushima into Kochi Prefecture. It is said at this point the pilgrim moves from spiritual wakening to their ascetic training. Now if you are like me I had to google what that meant.
Spiritual Awakening: refers to a shift in consciousness a perception of reality which had been previously unrealised. The culmination of such realisations is in the recognition of the oneness with all of existence.
Ascetic Training: The practice of severe self discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons. In short it is about learning to live without, and self discipline
Thinking about Buddism within it’s preaching there is a lot of symbolism, so it would follow that this journey would reflect that symbolism. Today we went through several tunnels and as we did I reflected on what it could mean. Tunnels could represent dark times in ones life......... if so was the trail telling me
*There is always ;light at the end of the dark
* Sometimes you have to go through dark times, not skim over them or go around them
* Some dark times are longer than others
* Some dark times can be shorter but more difficult
* Sometimes you have to go through dark times alone, sometimes with other people
* Sometimes there is no reason for the dark times
HIGHLIGHT: Lunch on the surfy dude’s verandah looking out over the beach
LOWLIGHT: Nil today
Today I am grateful for The Spunky Rooster, he has really worked hard to ensure we stay on track and have somewhere to sleep each night.
I am grateful for the universe and KuKai for the trail today it was very beautiful.
I am grateful for the surfy dude....you will never know how many laughs you gave us.
SURFIE DUDE STORY
Today we stopped at a little surfing village for lunch and a surfy guy invited us to eat our lunch on his verandah looking out at the ocean. Conversation was stilted due to language but it became quiet clear he thought Elvira was a bit of all right. He begged her to stay awhile, suggesting he was lonely and although it was lovely living by the beach , he was very lonely. It was quiet funny to watch, I am sure we could have sold Elvira for as she put it “ four camels”. We joked about it for several kilometres.