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... this time heading for the city of Naruto, a few miles north. In Japan, apart from being the name of a long-running anime series, Naruto is famous for its whirlpools under the bridge that links the islands Shikoku and Honshu.
The whirlpools are caused by the tide powerfully rushing in and out through the narrow Naruto Straight, according to Wikipedia the currents can get up to 12 miles per hour, making them the 4th fastest in the world!
A strange day to do a walk for no reason. Cloudy with the sun threatening to burst through I started on the first five temples of the famous 88 temple walk. Serene and well trodden there is a ritual to be found in walking. A clarity of mind which is fostered in tradition here in Shikoku. You look lost, help is thrust upon you. Just as you feel you have lost your way a sign appears (on a lamppost). Bowing, washing hands spitting water. Cleansed you light incense, say your sutras, ring a ...
The Iya valley is sold in the guidebooks as undiscovered hidden Back to nature Japan. So I was ready for a rushing river and long hikes. And then there is the famous vine bridge crossing the Iya river, a feat of old timey engineering. But I should have remembered that in Japan , if there is something cool to see there is definitely going to be bus parking. So, I stayed in a little guesthouse ,Kel Na Sob, perched ...
... station in the middle of nowhere. The "town" had no shops and it only had the local outdoor vending machines as supplies. Having not eaten and knowing we had a further 2 hour train ride, we had to settle for a "calorie mate" bar which can only be described as a gone off Scottish shortbread biscuit without any sugar. Delicious. To accompany the calorie mate bar we each had an awful canned coffee which had clearly been in the vending machine for years as no one ever ...
... a good friend.. After parting with the dear ol dog I did temple 22 and saw a thieving monkey in another garden. All true. When it heard me coming it yelled something rude in monkeish and bolted over the wooden fence and disappeared into the forrest. Cheeky wee monkey. Only minutes later hell broke loose. Again? Really!? I love thunder but here it just of a different caliber. It's a Magnum, AK-47 and a sawed of riffle that are taped onto a rocket launcher and all ...