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Henro Pilgrimage - Day 32 - May 17 (23km)

I spent today in the City of Matsuyama. Of the temples, I can only recall Ishiteji (51). It had many halls and historical objects within its grounds, but was nearly overrun with tourists.

My Kindle is truly dead, so I sent its husk and a few other things back home as a parcel to myself. After that, just to gain some progress, I hiked across the city and then doubled back to the core (and my hotel) by train. I stopped by the famous Dōgo Onsen and the Mont-bell as well. I had wanted a massage too but couldn’t find a place. I celebrated my arrival in the city with some all-you-can-eat Yakiniku, my first since Kōchi.

At some point in the afternoon I saw a stunningly beautiful woman on the tram. It was the aura, not just the looks. I wanted to talk to her but couldn’t find the chance as I hauled all of my pilgrimage gear through the throng to get off at my stop. Off the tram, I turned back and she was smiling at me. Too bad, I’ll never see her again.

Osettai: Juice, candy, 500 yen, a 50 yen discount, mochi.

Post-trip Addendum:

The point is not that I failed to talk to someone I thought was attractive, but that I let the situation (the chaos of getting off a packed tram with lots of luggage) dictate my actions. This is one of my unconscious self-sabotage strategies and something I’m working on. I could have thought ahead.

Original Japanese:

松山の日。石手寺しか記憶にない。堂などが沢山在る境内で歴史深い所の様だった。

Kindle は復活しないのでそれとその他の物を郵便で家に送った。その後前進する為に松山を横断して電車で市街に帰って来た。道後温泉も Mont-bell に寄った。マッサージ屋見つからんかったが晩には約束の焼肉を食べ放題で食べた。

市電で相当な美人を見て降りる時に話しかけたかったができなかった。降りて振り返ったら目が合って笑んでくれた。もう会わんが。

お接待:ジュース・菓子・500円・50円割引・餅

#japan #henro #buddhism

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