Sunday, March 31, 2013

Shikoku 88: Some Observations

Pilgrim on his way

The Shikoku Henro ("Shikoku 88") is an 88-temple pilgrimage around the island of Shikoku, Japan. The complete journey is about 750 miles.

It is particularly appealing to me the pilgrimage goes in a circle: when you reach temple 88 you are just a few miles from temple 1, but your mind is in a different place from when you started.

I notice pilgrims spend only a short time at each temple, perhaps just 15 minutes. This is about the journey.

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