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

Celebrate – Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  • Tuesday, 2019 April 16, Day 3
  • Temples: #88
  • Sanuki City, Japan
  • Weather: 55-60 degrees blue skies with white clouds
  • Miles 10.2 miles (walk & car) / Total Miles 664.5

Celebrate with fellow o-henros. Yes, we’re all the retired set. Since mid-point the average age of o-henros has increased. Females are outnumbered by males.

Excellent dinner with traditional celebratory red rice.

Our co-hosts, mother and daughter. The granddaughter is pictured in the background poster. She received a gold metal in the 2008 Olympics for baseball. Definitely an around winning team.

  1. Fellow O-henros
  2. Dinner featuring Red Rice
  3. Co-Hosts

Certified – Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  • Tuesday, 2019 April 16, Day 34
  • Temples: #88
  • Sanuki City, Japan
  • Weather: 55-60 degrees blue skies with white clouds
  • Miles 10.2 miles (walk & car) / Total Miles 664.5

Certification of being an official o-henro ambassador to carry on Shikoku’s culture history. During 2018, forty Americans received this official certification.

Arnold left me TWO Canadian label pins, the dearest miniature o-henro, a cat charm, and the warmest note. What a sweetheart!

  1. Hand Ink Brushed Certification From Temple #88
  2. Certification from Maeyama Ohento Kōryū Salon
  3. Arnold’s Gifts

At Last – Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  • Tuesday, April 16, Day 34
  • Temples: #88
  • Sanuki City, Japan
  • Weather: 55-60 degrees blue skies with white clouds
  • Miles 10.2 miles (walk & car) / Total Miles 664.5

At last. Temple #88 and all my old friends are here. I love this cartoonish figures.

At last…Akita H. Is here too Glorious reunion.

  1. Temple #88
  2. Main Temple Figure
  3. Kōbō Daishi’s Temple Figure
  4. Akita H.

Truly Terrific – Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  • Tuesday, April 16, Day 34
  • Temples: #88
  • Sanuki City, Japan
  • Weather: 55-60 degrees blue skies with white clouds
  • Miles 10.2 miles (walk & car) / Total Miles 664.5

Another chance encounter with Ishihara S. We’ve come the same distance, he walking and me aided by public transportation. Truly terrific.

A truly terrific walk up Mount Nyotai (Lying Woman) at 2,382.7 feet.

A truly magnificent moment when a monkey walks across the road right in front of me.

In hind sight I wondered what it meant when Cracked open my breakfast egg and found two yolks. Magnificent?

  1. Ishihara S.
  2. Towards Temple #88.
  3. Monkey

Temple #87, Monday, April 15

  • Monday, April 15, Day 33
  • Temples: #85, #86, & #87
  • Miki Town, Japan
  • Weather: 50-55 degrees blue skies with white clouds
  • Miles 24.1 miles (walk, cable car, & bus) / Total Miles 654.3

Whereas Temple #86 was Garden of Eden, the grounds of Temple #87 was swept dirt that framed these two magnificent trees. Early spring leaves hint of its full beauty in weeks to come. The trees are haven for the bird life.

  1. Temple #87 Trees
  2. Temple #87 Trees
  3. Temple #87 Flag