JAPAN DAY 5
Temples 7-10 22km
Total km’s walked in Japan 39
Accumulative total km’s walked 1492
Starting this journey we always knew there would be a lot of steps to climb , they don’t build temples for easy access :). Today at one temple there was over 350 steps ......we are both developing tight buns. Today we had planned to get to temple 11, but slow going saw us only make it to number 10. The Onsen where we intended staying for the night was in-between 10 & 11 and by the time we reached the Onsen it was to late to then go and visit temple eleven, (Temples are only open between 7am - 5pm). So will have an early start tomorrow and do 11 on the way to the notorious 12.
Today I would say was as Japanese as it comes. We were awoken this morning with chanting from the temple. Then we saw lots of elderly farmers planting rice, we walked through rice fields and I went to my first Onsen. For those of you who don’t know an Onsen is a Japanese bathhouse. Each onsen is different depending on its facilities, but this one was nuts. So basically:
HIGHLIGHT: It has to be seeing the rice being planted
LOWLIGHT: Macca’s being 2 blocks further than we thought
Today I am grateful for somewhere dry to sleep. Tonights accomodation is 2 huts at the back of an Onsen - 1 for girls and 1 for boys. I am grateful for the practice of meditation, it is becoming easier for me. I am grateful for the Japanese lady in the Onsen for showing me what to do. It’s not that Im afraid of doing something wrong, its just I don’t want to incidentally offend anyone. The Onsen has a lot of protocols that have to be adhered to. I found it quite interesting that in such a modest society, walking around naked in the Onsen is quiet OK. I loved the atmosphere, it felt like a coffee catch up and relaxed massage all rolled into one.
The staff we carry everyday is called a Kongozue and is believed to be the embodiment of Kobo Daishi and thus must be treated with great respect. A few rules apply to the staff