JAPAN DAY 15
Temple 27 19km
Total km’s walked in Japan 301
Accumulative km’s walked 2019
Today has been a very easy day thanks to the generosity of our Henro Host from last night. To reach Temple 27 was a climb of 450m, our host offered us the option to leave our packs at a friend of hers so the climb up the hill would be easier. So instead of a hard slog up the hill with packs, we comfortably walked up the mountain .
The temple, the 27th, was a very beautiful temple with lovely gardens and of course lots of stairs, The trail towards Temple 28 followed the road, so it was an easy walk down. Tonight we are staying right on the beach in an un-hosted Henro Hut, set up like a backpackers with 2 dorm rooms, fortunately we are the only Henros staying so we have it all to ourselves.
This pilgrimage is different to the Camino in many ways, however, one of the ways they are identical are the trail markings. In Spain we followed yellow arrows or a scallop shell, in Shikoku we follow the red arrows or the little Henro. I personally place a lot of trust in these arrows sometimes blindly following them, confident in the knowledge that the universe will take care of me and show me the way. David on the other hand relies heavily on the guidebook and his own skills and knowledge to navigate our journey. This has created a few heated debates (both of us are always right). I don’t know whether my faith in the arrows is reckless or a smart strategy. Is it a sign that I am without direction, so look for direction from an outside source, or Is it a sign that unconsciously I believe in a higher power controlling my destiny? Maybe, it is just me being pure lazy and hoping things will turn out ok? I believe that it is a bit of all three.
HIGHLIGHT: I really like our accomodation tonight, I have a little capsule all to myself and sometimes it is nice to checkout and have some me time.
LOWLIGHT: Dinner tonight was pretty average, saved only by the yummy treaties
Today I am grateful for the people of Shikoku and their helpfulness. I love that they try so hard to help us even when they have no idea what we are saying. I am grateful for time by myself, it helps me recharge. I am grateful that The Spunky Rooster understands that I need time on my own and it noway reflects on him.