Very nice short first day of Pilgrimage going from Temple 1 to Temple 5.
My Pilgrimage rhythm includes not using commercial walking sticks. I prefer one provided by nature. As usual she provides as I found a big crooked stick just after Temple 1. Or perhaps it was Kukai who found me? I say that because it is believed that the spirit of Kukai resides in the Ohenos walking stick.
Not just Buddhist Temples, but also Shinto Shrines. (Have to say I like Shintoism’s lack of dogma and specific rules).
And then we came across a peaceful Shugendo Temple which incorporates parts of many religions (which also seems quite nice). Also found a rhythm of less chanting with stronger good intentions.
Very interesting walk and then welcomed by a delightful host at Morimotoya minshuku(like a B&B) near Temple 5, Jizoji.
Our host prepared a delicious authentic Japanese dinner of sashimi, tofu hamburger, Japanese egg soup, Konyaku, green tea.