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After Hiro’s speech, I was filled with trepidation as I approached the store in the parking lot of temple #1.  The number of choices to be made and the lack of help given, didn’t help my nerves.  In the end …

Robyn says:
Love reading about your experience. Can’t wait to read more! Thank you... more
Heather says:
I am still so amazed you are doing this! more
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I thought I was arriving in Shikoku without any expectations.  I was extremely nervous and I had around 100 questions constantly running through my head.  How could I begin to know what to expect? Since my toe is still healing …

Gina says:
LOL…I have spent a ton a of money and I move out of the way sicne it will... more
Gina says:
Yes, I think it was taken at temple number 4, but I`d have to look on my... more

Shikoku update

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Hi all, This trip is better than anything I could have imagined! I’m no longer traveling solo which means I can’t take a day off just to work on my blog.  I should have something up in a week or two.  …

 

Packing List

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My bag weighs 29.2 pounds without any water weight (up to 4 pounds) or any of religious items that I will purchase at temple 1.  I’m a far cry from my goal of 15 pounds. The problem is my technology. …

 

Prayer Requests

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At every temple I will leave an osame-fuda or nameslip in both the Main Hall and the Daishi Hall. The color of the nameslip signifies how many times you have completed the pilgrimage; as this will be my first time, …

 

Why Shikoku

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“You have always been my friend who was hard to love so to speak. You and I are so incredibly different. We value different things as important; we have different passions, and completely different personalities. I’ve always struggled with our …

 

Shikoku Pilgrimage

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ただいま or “I’m home” is the traditional greeting used when entering your house or returning from an overseas trip. I can’t wait to say this on September 24 as I’ll be spending 3 months in the Land of the Raising …

 

The Future

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Now that mom is gone everyone wants to know what both dad and I will do. People started asked the same day she died. While I, personally, find that disrespectful and rude, I accept that for better or worse we …