@"Pilgrim and Hospitality Network"
@I went on a pilgrimage in order to visit the 88 Buddha temples from No.
1 temple to No. 88 one in turn in SHIKOKU Island on foot in order to lead a kind of ascetic lives in Buddhism. The total walking distance of the pilgrimage tour is about 1,100 km.
@For what purpose am I doing that? I have been thinking the two following matters for long time. One is that
I have to say many thanks for my grand mother who gave me a lot of fundamental
morals, manners, knowledge and others in my childhood and also have continued
to give me mental supports in my mind after her death. Another is on the
contrary that I must say so sorry to my mother whom I couldn't take care
of with all my heart though she treated me warm-heartedly. So this trip
is for thanks for my grand mother and my penitence for my mother to me.
@I started the pilgrimage trip on 21st October '02 and finished it on 3rd December '02. It was very tough walk with 10Kg rucksack on my back for 43 days for me. Some other persons were walking for similar purpose as well. We call these
persons gHENROh (literary pilgrimages).
@This pilgrimage trip, gHENROh trip was begun originally by Buddha priests practicing asceticism about 500 years ago. The 88 temples
are places where are remembered in connection with 'KOBO DAISHI'(being also called 'KUKAI').
(Note) 'KOBO DAISHI' :
@'DAISHI' is a title given for one of the greatest Buddha Priests. But if people says simply 'DAISHI', this 'DAISHI' means mostly 'KOBO DAISHI'. 'KUKAI'(AD 774-835) is the the founder of a biggest Buddhistic sect, 'SHINGON-SHU' in Japan. When he was young, he studied hard and led ascetic lives here and there. At last he was selected as 'KENTOSHI', a student sent abroad(China in this case, one of the most developed countries in the world at that time) by the government for about 3 years. He studied under the great Buddha priest, 'KEIGA' in China in order to attain the summit of Buddhism, 'SHINGON'. I think that he studied not only Buddhism but also Civil Engineering,
Medical Treatments, the latest other techniques and/or so in China at same
@After coming back to Japan, he opened 'SHINGON-SHU' and traveled around to spread his Buddhistic thoughts. At the time he often met with people having little water in villages, sicknesses/injuries or other troubles. He could help them by utilizing the latest knowledge in China at all times. He built many temples for removing mind troublers, dug wells, constructed irrigation ponds or weirs, made a kind of clinics and others all over Japan. Then many people has always been familiar to, respected and worshipped 'KOBO DAISHI'.
@Especially Shikoku Island has many temples, training places and holy places in connection with 'KOBO DAISHI'.
2. Actual Itinerary of "HENRO" trip
@ (1) The actual "HENRO" trip route is shown in "Route Map of Pilgrimage Trip in Shikoku Island". (Click here.)
@@@If you click the number in the map, you can see the number of temple quickly.
@ (2) Actual Itinerary is shown in . (Click here.) I'm sorry that the list is written in @@ Japanese mainly. If you click the number in the list, you can see the number of temple quickly.
@@The summary is shown as follows.
@@@* Total walking distance @@@ @@@@@ : 1,126.8 Km
@@@* Average walking distance a day@@ : 26.2 Km / Day
@@@* Average walking hours a day@ @@@: 7 Hours 54 Minutes / Day(Including
resting and lunch time.
@@@* Average walking distance an Hour : 3.32 Km / Hours(Including resting
and lunch time. Except Praying Time.)
3. "Dairy of Pilgrimage in Shikoku Island"
@Italic and bold letters show the date during Pilgrimage Trip in the below Calendar. If you put your cursor on the Italic Date and the cursor shape('Arrow') changes to 'Hand', please click there. You can look at the Diary Page.