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... just been startled by a very large snake by the river.... more nasty and strange goings on! The next two temples were beautiful but not nearly as exciting as the snake episode.
We ended our pilgrimage with a visit to Inabane-oji a temple first recorded in 1109AD and considered as (another) starting point for the Kumano Kodo trail. Seems there are a few different trails that have been followed. I suppose if you think of the well over a ...
... to have been established over 2,700 years ago near the base of the waterfall, but moved up the hill to its current location after being damaged by fire many centuries ago. The trail was completely overgrown with moss and hardly ever used prior to the designation of this as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004.
The Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine sits on a magnificent site, with views of the huge waterfall as you face east, and views of the sparkling blue ...
... as they hiked along the trail, but very few are operating today, due to the low numbers of hikers. It would have been very fun to have been able to enjoy stopping for tea along the way, as we did in Nepal, but perhaps that be possible again in a few years as the trail becomes more popular.
After 6 miles we came to the small town of Chikatsuya, where we ate lunch at a tiny organic café called Cabelo. We had a nice set menu lunch of humus, salad and ...
... to stay here!
Sitting there, enjoying the setting, reminded us of our need to renew the Christian spiritual discipline of meditation and contemplative thought in our own lives, which we both committed to work ******* putting into practice, both as we travel, and particularly at home. Historically, devoted Christians spent time worshipping through meditating on Scripture, and on God Himself, but in today’s US Christian culture, this seems ...
... our nights accommodation in record time. When we got there we set about substantially increasing their electric bill by using every heater we could find to dry our clothes. I particularly enjoyed the complimentary Kimono.
The gods looked favorably on us the next day and rewarded us with sunshine. All the evaporating water formed a lovely morning mist in the valleys, a sight which was almost spiritual. Buoyed by this we made good progress ...
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