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Henro Pilgrimage - Day 18

After what I wrote last night, the owners of the inn called me into the house and fed me a bit more, which they weren’t at all obligated to do. I got a chance to chat with the other guests, who apparently had made their booking months ago.

At some point past midnight, I was woken by a sound near the garbage cans. Something was in a tree. I got out of my tent and shone a light at it, and golden, twirling eyes stared back at me. A demon monkey from hell, I concluded, but we agreed that I’d get back in my tent if he agreed not to come down and feast on my soul.

The next morning I waited and waited at the small ferry terminal, but no boat ever came. A careful inspection of the small, posted schedule stated “no service on holidays”. It was a Friday, but technically still Golden Week, so that must have been it. While I was waiting I had read a lot and made some great personal discoveries, so the time was fruitful after all. Maybe a gift, even.

I had no choice but to press on on foot. Tonight’s lodging is a henro hut at the foot of my next mountain climb.

Animals: 3 cats, 1 mamushi

Osettai: a morning Bentō, citrus

Post-trip Addendum:

This was also the day I visited Bekkaku 5, Daizenji.

Original Japanese:

昨夜、あの後お接待で簡単ながら第二晩ご飯を出された。夜中、近くのビワの木から音がして光を照らしたら金色の出玉がこちらを睨んでくる。猿だろう。

今日念願の Ferry は運休なのか、待ったのに来なかった。その間代わりに本を読んだので完全時間の無駄ではなかった。仕方なく歩き出すのみ。今夜は麓の小屋で寝る。

動物:猫3・蝮1

お接待:朝弁当・小夏

#henro #japan #buddhism

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