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Henro Pilgrimage - Day 4

A strong wind had blown overnight and the air was cool so close to the river. Once again I woke up around 5 and was gone after 40 minutes of cleanup and preparations. As I walked, the morning light reflecting off the tree leaves made me feel the beauty of reality.

It was about 5km to Dainichiji (13) and I arrived around 7:15. As I was waiting for the Nōkyō Office to open, Kenji-san appeared. I found the timing strange and he admitted he had set off at 4 that morning.

I continued on through the morning’s temples, and stopped once at Temple 17 to form a plan for the evening. The Shukubō of Tatsueji (19) was full, so instead I called an inn called “Minshuku Chiba” nearby Temple 18 and booked a room there. Unfortunately, it was another 20km further from where I was, and it was already noon.

I lost about 1km in Tokushima City getting turned around the winding streets, but in the end I made it to the inn just before 5. The road had been long and hot, but I made it. Who knew what the human mind-body was capable of. Somehow Barbara also showed up at Chiba later that evening. Jeffery had apparently headed into the city proper and must have stayed somewhere there.

Animals: 2 cats

Osettai: Advice

Post-trip Addendum:

“Shukubō” are official accomodations within a temple, including meals. I had very poor Shukubō luck this trip, only managing a single night’s stay over the 47 days, and only because it was up a mountain and off the main pilgrim path at a secondary temple. Worth it though.

Original Japanese:

夜は涼しく風が強く吹いていた。また五時起きで約四十分で片付けと準備が出来て一人で出発した。朝日が反射して来る木々の葉っぱは綺麗で現実を感じた。

大日寺まで約五粁、七時十五分頃に着いた。納経所が開くのを待っていると、けんじさんが姿を現す。四時に出発したと言う。そうやって七番目まで行き、そこで夜の計画を立てた。十九番の立江寺の宿坊は空きがないと言うので十八番の近くの「民宿ちば」に電話で予約を入れた。距離はこの先二十粁。

一回徳島市内で迷って一粁位は損したけれど結局十七時ちょっと前にに到着した。道は長くて暑かったがまた歩けた。人間はすごい。Barbaraも夕方、ちばに現れた。

動物:猫2

お接待:夜の相談・落とし物の届け・この先のアドバイス

#henro #japan #buddhism

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