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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.

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