Yukata – Wednesday, April 17, 2019

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2019 Day 35
  • Temples: #1
  • Tokushima, Japan
  • Weather: 55-65 degrees overcast
  • Miles 21.5 miles (bus, 3 trains & walk) / Total Miles 686

All I wanted was a simple yukata like the ones presented each night for the o-henros to wear. The shop ladies insisted this was a yukata though I showed her pictures of the comforter attire I was in search.

As beautiful as the garnet is I explained it took a dresser to put it on me and I didn’t know how to tie the sash. Her reply was, “Tie the sash in front and twist it to the back. You can learn how to tie it on YouTube.” I didn’t make the purchase but thanked them for making me so pretty.

  1. Yukata?
  2. Yukata?
  3. Yukata?

Unbelievable – Wednesday, April 17, 2019

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2019 Day 31
  • Temples: #1
  • Tokushima, Japan
  • Weather: 55-65 degrees overcast
  • Miles 21.5 miles (bus, 3 trains & walk) / Total Miles 686

Unbelievable, the last stamp and ink drawing in my book.

Unbelievable, the last of many reunion with o-henro Ishihara H. We initially met going to Temple #40 on March 31. Unavoidable destiny. But, hasn’t the whole journey been an unavoidable destiny?

  1. Video of final stamp book entry
  2. O-henro Ishihara H.
  3. O-henro Ishihara H.

Victorious – Wednesday, April 17, 2019

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2019 Day 35
  • Temples: #1
  • Tokushima, Japan
  • Weather: 55-65 degrees overcast
  • Miles 21.5 miles (bus, 3 trains & walk) / Total Miles 686

Yesterday arriving at Temple #88, I was consumed with emotions…the difficulty of the day, having to say goodbye to my fellow o-henros, ending a life that fits in a backpack, leaving the care of each shukubō, minshuku, ryokan, and hotel.

Today I am victorious returning to Temple #1. Confident. In grasp of the true enormity of going to Shikoku 88 Temples. Thankful I have been able to do. Appreciative of all the help along the way.

  1. Guaranteed success finding Temple #1
  2. Guaranteed success finding Temple #1. Oh, why wasn’t the rest so easy?
  3. Victory Dance

Worn Away – Wednesday, April 17, 2019

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2019 Day 35
  • Temples: #1
  • Tokushima, Japan
  • Weather: 55-65 degrees overcast
  • Miles 21.5 miles (bus, 3 trains & walk) / Total Miles 686

One o-henro points out how his walking staff is inches shorter since the start. It’s worn away with miles. Fortunately the miles have been more gentle on our bodies.

  1. Departing O-henros. Vending machines stay
  2. Departing O-henros
  3. Cat Stays

Baths – March 21, 2019

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 – Day 8
  • Temples #23 Muroto City, Japan
  • Weather: 40-55 degrees & overcast
  • Miles 7.5 / 86 Miles

Many accommodations offer public baths, a rich opportunity to soak chin deep in hot water. Men and women have separate baths. First shower for cleanliness. Then soak in a hot bath. A second bath has ice cold water so you can cycle between hot and cold…Naked of course. Can there be a better way to end the day?

Today Naomi and I went to Sea Rest Muroto, a public onsen (public bath) on the beach. An outside hot salt-springs bath slowly roasted the body chin to the toes while the cool sea breeze refreshed the face. A combination of whirlpool and salt water gave buoyancy to legs and arms. An indoor hot bath without salt offered a different feel to the skin. The natural spring hot baths are valued for their mineral content as being healthy.

There is a wonderful mixture of people at the onsen. Some people in business attire popping in after work, adults bringing and caring for aged parents, retired folks. There is a balance of community gathering and quiet time.

  1. Showers
  2. Hot bath
  3. Hot and cold baths with garden view