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1 Step 2 Step

I had reached temple 5 on my first day of walking.  It was mainly walking through the city which garnered me lots of looks and stares from everyone walking or driving by.  I did get quite awkward for me for a while, but I had to keep telling myself that its to be expected since I am probably the only bright orange person walking around the whole island of Shikoku right now.

Many people took pictures of me, some asked first beforehand, most didn’t.. but I don’t mind it.

I didn’t exercise or do any kind of prep workout to prepare myself for this walk before coming to Japan, so I was getting tired and sore quite quickly and easily.  I walked about 20 kilometers on the first day.

The temples were really nice, I felt really relieved when I saw the bus full of elder ohenros dressed in their white attire and walking sticks (which is kind of funny since they weren’t walking it) because I knew I was on the right track and I didn’t feel like I was doing this thing alone.  I think a lot of them were quite confused to see me, a Theravadan monk on this pilgrimage.  I got a few stares from some of the temple staffs, some of them were saying some negative gossiping behind my back, thinking I can’t understand them.. little do they know I can understand Japanese pretty well.  I just kept quiet though, not my business.. they can think what they want.

The Sun had just set when I reached temple 5 so I didn’t want to spend too much time trying to find a place to lay my sleeping bag.  The vending machine next to one of the temple halls provided good lighting and it had a place for me to plug in my power bank so that’s where I laid my sleeping bag for the night.

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