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Entries Tagged as 'shrine'

2008-05-25 That new leg feeling

May 25th, 2008

I left my Japanese base camp full of chocolate & banana milkshake and promises to return when I’m done with my current task. It was raining so I borrowed an umbrella and thus regained much of the pack weight I had sent up to Sapporo. Thanks to nearly three days of gorging and resting I [...]

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2008-05-18 Feeling better

May 18th, 2008

I cannot stress enough the importance of a good night’s sleep. I was so comfortable last night I missed my alarm, but not by much. Ohashi-san took me to his restaurant and I ate the best breakfast so far. With that in my belly I went wandering around Nara and found a lot more than [...]

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2008-05-02 The one day henro

May 2nd, 2008

I spent the day as a pilgrim on the henro trail. It was a rewarding mix of roads, steep trails and fascinating temples. My first human interaction came from the little old shop lady who brought me a cup of tea. The second from a car-pilgrim who, dressed in white and with his kasa (straw [...]

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011 – Day trip to Miyajima

April 11th, 2008

Japan has three “famous views” of which it is rightly proud. Today we visited Miyajima, an island south of Hiroshima, home to the Isukushima shrine and its floating torii. The torii isn’t actually floating, but when the tide comes in it stands in a couple of meters of water in a small bay and becomes [...]

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009 – Day trip to Koya-san

April 9th, 2008

Koya-san is the headquarters of the Shingon school of Esoteric Buddhism, so you wouldn’t expect to see an armed hold-up on main street but I did. See it that is, not expect it. We turned a corner and found two guys in crash-helmets with serious looking handguns crouching behind a minivan while two guys in [...]

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008 – Philosophication

April 8th, 2008

The weather improved enough that we spent all morning walking The Philosopher’s Path on Kyoto’s eastern edge. A lovely cannel, just a few meters wide and yet more cherry blossoms. The breeze was knocking the petals loose and covered the ground with pink snow. Along the route are several temples and the most interesting one [...]

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007 – And now it’s raining

April 7th, 2008

I think we’ve recovered from the terrible experience at Kyoto City Center Hostel (see yesterday’s blog for my review) so I can write about what a great day we had before that whole episode. First was the packed bus ride to the Golden Temple Kinkakuji. It was a bit smaller than I expected, and the [...]

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005 – Back to the beginning

April 5th, 2008

Roughly 30 years ago I took my first tentative steps right here in Japan. The story goes that it was on Nijo Castle’s nightingale floor that those two little feet trod and today they repeated the process. The floorboards of the outer building, where feudal lords would stay, are mounted in such a way that [...]

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001 – Landed

April 1st, 2008

I am at last in Tokyo. It’s been a long day so I’m keeping this short. The flight was uneventful, the landing was rough and the trains were remarkably easy. As Lorraine and I stood on corners, trying to stay out of the tide of businessmen, stangers would approach and tell us how to find [...]

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Neither crazy nor unique

February 7th, 2008

Imagine my surprise when I started researching how to get to my starting pointing at Cape Sata and discovered This year two Australians are also walking the length of Japan and I may very well get to meet them on the trail. Chris and Ian are friends but are not walking [...]

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