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Henro Pilgrimage - Day 10

There was no Tsunami to wash me away during the night, but the inside of my tent was still a bit damp when I awoke. And apparently, unlike lakes, the ocean doesn’t calm down at night. Or at least around here it doesn’t. Regardless, I wiped down the inside of the tent and dried out the fly a bit before leaving around 6:00. Unlike the past two days, the sky was clear of clouds.

An older married couple made me lunch half an hour earlier than their usual opening time. Apparently their granddaughter had spent some time in Canada.

At the cape, the view from the cliff-side lighthouse was fantastic. Deep, clear blues from both the sky and sea. The temple, on the other hand, was fairly plain. Since their Shukubō was full, I headed back down the mountain to a cheap inn called “Kawasaki”, where the owner was, shall we say, quite “honest” in her speech. She kindly informed me how much I stank and promptly drew a bath for me. There had been some mixup with my reservation (being forgotten), but it all turned out in the end.

Animals: 6 cats, 1 murder hornet

Post-trip Addendum:

At the temple I ran into Tomatsu-san again, an actual monk walking the pilgrimage in the traditional robes. I had met him the first time a day or two previously near the town of Mugi as we were both being poured on by the sky. He was trying to avoid inns as much as possible, which I assume is part of the training. Sophie was at the temple too, a french woman who I had also briefly met at Yakuōji (23) three days before.

Original Japanese:

どうやら津波は来なかったが起きた時にテント内は若干湿ってた。それと、海と云うのは湖と違って夜になると静まる事はない。それかせめてここでは。ま、テントを拭いて乾かして極力早く出発した。六時頃だった。今日は見事に晴れた。昼食は営業時間のいつもより30分早いと云うのに出してくれた夫婦が居て、孫がカナダに居たと言う。

岬の灯台から見た景色は素晴らしかった。寺の方は逆に普通だった。宿坊に入れないので山から降りて、奥さんが正直者の「民宿川崎」で一泊。予約はどうやら忘れられたか、結局泊まれたので結果的に良い。

動物:猫6・雀蜂1

#henro #japan #buddhism

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