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Henro Pilgrimage - Day 13

Thanks to my day off yesterday I felt fresh and kept a great pace. The climb up to Kōnomineji (27) was a breeze, even with my pack. Once back down, my feet just kept carrying me forward, and before I knew it I was in Aki City. It was about noon and starting to get hot. I wanted to hit the nearest Onsen, but as I walked up to it I saw it opens at 15:00. No way I’m waiting around for 3 hours. I opted for a break instead and settled down on a nearby bench.

A tsunami siren blared through the air. I rushed to get my shoes back on to flee for safety… when the alarm stopped. I looked around. The locals were going about their day as if nothing had happened. I glanced at my watch: 12 noon. Feeling a bit embarassed I sat back down and resumed my break.

Oh and by the way: I was wrong about the sea the other day. It does actually calm down at night when the weather is good.

Close to the beach near Wajiki station I found a great hut with a bathroom. Home sweet home.

Animals: 5 cats, 1 snake

Post-trip Addendum:

Most (all?) places in Japan play a song over public loud speakers at 17:00. It’s a signal that the day is (supposed to be) over and that’s it’s time to go home. Some smaller places will also broadcast something at noon, and Aki in particular decided to reuse their tsunami alarm for this purpose. The Japanese culture is used to having deafeningly loud sounds blast through the air from time to time. I assume it’s a leftover from the air-raid sirens of World War 2.

Original Japanese:

休足日のお陰で朝から絶好調で飛ばせた。神峯寺への登山は荷物を背負っても割と楽だった。下ってからも足がどんどん俺を前へと運び、気づいたら安芸市内に居て大体正午。温泉に入ろうとしたが三時営業。そんな三時間も待てん。

その時、津波警報が鳴った。慌てて靴を履き直そうとしたら警報が急に止んだ。よく見ると、周りの人間は平常に居る。腕時計を見て、何や、ただの正午のあれか。休憩続行。

別件だが数日前の海の事は間違っていた。ちゃんと静まる事はある。

和食駅の近くの浜辺付近に良い東屋を見つけたので宿にする。

動物:猫5・蛇1

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