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Henro Pilgrimage - Day 9

I slept well. My sleeping bag, which should have dried over night hanging where it was, had somehow gotten even wetter from the damp air overnight. Once breakfast was over, the owner drove me back up to Kaifu to dry my things at a Laundromat. Once we got back, I set off right away. It was already 8. It was raining as hard as yesterday, so on I went.

At Shishikui I finally found an available barber. Seriously: middle of the day, middle of the countryside, a weekday, yet 5 barbers in a row were filled with old folks cutting hair for other old folks. Once in the chair we had a good chat. Apparently a good number of pilgrims stop by his place, especially since it’s directly on the pilgrimage route. About an hour after I left his place, he appeared out of the blue in his car with some baked goods for me. I thanked him while wondering who was watching the shop.

I hid from the rain for about half an hour at Meitokuji, a small temple not part of the main 88 but on the map nonetheless. No one seemed to be home. After that it was just a matter of trudging through the rain until I reached my destination for the night around 15:30, a small roofed hut on the side of the highway. It was right by the ocean with nothing before or after it for a good stretch. Tomorrow is a 30km day. Unfortunately, the Shukubō at the cape’s temple is already full.

Animals: 1 monkey

Osettai: a ride to the laundromat, bread, more bread

Original Japanese:

よく寝た。夜中乾くはずの寝袋はむしろ更に濡れ、朝ご飯が終わると店主が海部にあるコインランドリーに連れて行ってくれた。ゲストハウスに戻るなりすぐに出発した。もう八時だ。雨は昨日より弱目なので先へ進む。

宍喰でやっと空いているとこやが見つかり、話していると、お遍路さんがよく寄ると言う。梅森さん。宿の相談もしてくれて、出た一時間後に急に車で現れてパンをくれた。

三十分程明徳寺で雨宿りしたが寺の人は誰も居なかった。そこから単に先へ進み今日の終点、入木前の東屋に到着。海がすぐそこ。明日は三十粁の日。岬の宿坊は満室。

動物:猿1

お接待:送迎・パン・もっとパン

#henro #japan #buddhism

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