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... and is traditionally done on foot, taking anything from 30 to 60 days! Many modern pilgrims (known as henro) don't have time to do it all in one go, so they do it over the course of many weekends, or give up on the walking and drive!
True henro wear white robes, to reflect the dedication towards a simple life, a traditional conical hat to protect them from the elements, and carry a stick.
Being modern henro, we didn't have time to ...
... heavens opened and I ran to the train station, there was no guarantee of a bus. Music a rainy run, surprisingly fun. I made my train back to town!
I had met a cool German guy in the morning, when I was looking lost and trying to find the way to the first temple. A lady runs out and indicates a green line leading the way to the first temple. No English but a smiling face. Simon just a small way ahead comments that he had the same issue when he first started the 88 temple walk, ...
... o'clock service. Meals were with pilgrims , so I ate with an older father daughter and a loud laughing bald guy in his yukata. Breakfast was at 6 and then they were off walking again. I am realizing that one of the most important phrases to understand is ,'Are you travelling alone?', I get asked that alot! Oh, Forgot, I stopped in Kotohira on the way to Oboke and climbed to a temple and took an udon noodle making ...
... on the tourist leaflets, we were slightly underwhelmed by the whirlpools when we got there! We had thought that there would be 2 really big, deep whirlpools under the bridge, however it is actually more like lots of little whirlpools which all twist and turn into one another. It was still a pretty impressive sight though.
After seeing the whirlpools we made a mad dash to get the next train to Takumatsu only to find that on the way we had an hour stop at ...
I have made it through the first Dojo, the awakening! I have done the first 22 temples - 66 to go. Do I feel awake!? I feel a lot of things. I feel so much that I could burst. And at the same time I feel nothing, nothing more than a nice calm. My head is too tired to feel things. My feet are too tired. My back hurts from the backpack and from sleeping on the concrete of the rest hut. Im beat. But yet again I feel happier than ever. And most of all, I feel in ...