Eye Catchers – April 10, 2019

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019, Day 28
  • Temples: #65
  • Miyoshi City, Japan
  • Weather: 45-50 degrees Day long drizzling
  • Miles 14.1 miles / Total Miles 547.1

Eye catchers…

I must have caught somebody’s eye as a driver offered me a ride. Misty rain. Steady climb. Weary body. I accepted. Coincidentally, Christina also accepted a ride today.

  1. Blossoms
  2. Vanishing Table and Chairs
  3. Multi-color Cherry Tree

Mist – April 10, 2019

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019, Day 28
  • Temples: #65
  • Miyoshi City, Japan
  • Weather: 45-50 degrees day long drizzle
  • Miles 14.1 miles / Total Miles 547.1

Though shrouded in mist, Temple #65’s cherry blossoms are still stunning. Misty days make stamped and ink pen marked scrolls harder to dry. Temples keep hair dries to speed the process.

  1. Cherry Blossoms, Temple #65
  2. Scroll for Temple Stamps
  3. Cherry Blossoms, Temple #65

Earth Color Fountain Reflections of Paper Lanterns Incense Sticks Burning. sticks burning

Elephants – April 9, 2019

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Day 27
  • Temples: #60, #63, and #64
  • Saijō City, Japan
  • Weather: 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Miles 14.1 miles / Total Miles 501.1

Temples can be visually overwhelming. I search for something small and unique that can be absorbed. Elephants have been a reoccurring image. Today’s elephant at Temple #63 got a chuckle.

  1. Carrying Elephant
  2. Riding Elephant
  3. Tree, Temple #63

0ne Down, Two to Go – April 9, 2019

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Day 27
  • Temples: #60, #63, and #64
  • Saijō City, Japan
  • Weather: 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Miles 14.1 miles / Total Miles 501.1

Altering the sequence of temples allowed an early morning start with fresh legs for the first of the last three tallest mountains. As the mountain trail is remote, I arranged to walk with one of the guests at last night’s accommodation. Sharing skills, Akita H. and I had a safe and enjoyable walk ascending 3,000 feet. One down, two to go.

Why was I not surprised to meet Ishihara S. at the top? He’s been charging full steam ahead since Temple #40 as I hop trains. New friends and re-acquaintances are daily treasures.

  1. Akita H. and Linda
  2. Approach to Temple #60
  3. Temple #60

Short and Long – April 8, 2019

  • Monday April 8, 2019, Day 26
  • Temples: #56, #57, #58, #59, #61, and #62
  • Imabari City, Japan
  • Weather: 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Miles 34.2 miles (walk, train & car) / Total Miles 487

Climbing the road to Temple #58, a gentleman stopped his car to hand me many o-settias. They bring constant joy to a long day of walking. My bag of candy because o-settias at Temple #58 shared with o-henros and staff. The beautiful cloths bags are light enough for me to carry home as a permanent reminder of the kindness of Shikoku.

  1. A set of cloth bags as O-settai received at Temple #58.
  2. One of the cloth bags was filled with candy
  3. O-settai knit sandles from the post office

School Girls – April 8, 2019

  • Monday April 8, 2019, Day 26
  • Temples: #56, #57, #58, #59, #61, and #62
  • Imabari City, Japan
  • Weather: 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Miles 34.2 miles (walk, train & car) / Total Miles 487

School girls starting their day in their smart uniforms. These sturdy bikes, without gears, are the popular models. They are peddled by young and old. As I plodded up a hill later in the day, an elderly man glided by me on his bike. Such fit people.

  1. Girls on bikes to school
  2. Girls on bikes to school
  3. Girls walking to school