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I haven't actively participated in any forums for a long while, but there seems to be a large mix of people with varying interests and inclinations so I thought I'd start posting here. I've been a CR member for several years, and it should go without saying that I love anime. I'm also a big tokusatsu fan so the recent Ultraman additions have been a real treat. ^_^

Some fun facts about me:
- I have chickens.
- One of my hobbies is weightlifting.
- I can speak and read Japanese at an intermediate...ish level.
- I walked part of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Shikoku (plan on returning one day to complete it).
- I will be visiting Japan again this year.
- I like fishing (specifically for catfish species).

Anyway, I hope to get to know some of you better! I'm always looking to make new friends with people who have common interests. d(^^)b
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Magical_Squirrel wrote:

I haven't actively participated in any forums for a long while, but there seems to be a large mix of people with varying interests and inclinations so I thought I'd start posting here. I've been a CR member for several years, and it should go without saying that I love anime. I'm also a big tokusatsu fan so the recent Ultraman additions have been a real treat. ^_^

Some fun facts about me:
- I have chickens.
- One of my hobbies is weightlifting.
- I can speak and read Japanese at an intermediate...ish level.
- I walked part of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Shikoku (plan on returning one day to complete it).
- I will be visiting Japan again this year.
- I like fishing (specifically for catfish species).

Anyway, I hope to get to know some of you better! I'm always looking to make new friends with people who have common interests. d(^^)b


Sure thing. Talk to me any time I'm online.
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I thought Magical_Soul was ban dodging for a moment. Heyo!
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Thanks for the welcomes!
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Hi! Interesting facts! When you did the pilgrimage of the 88 Temples in Shikoku, did you wear the traditional pilgrim outfit? How many of the 88 did you see? Did you do it by foot or by transportation?
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I did the Tokushima prefecture portion of the pilgrimage last March. My original plan was to do the entire circuit, but I had some personal issues which forced me to return to the U.S. early. Anyway, I wore the 白衣 (white robe) and the すげ笠 (conical Asian hat) and carried a 金剛杖 (pilgrim stick/staff). I walked all until temple #23 (approx. 160km), and there isn't a day that I don't think about wanting to return. I roughed it every night...which is hard to recommend unless you like subjecting yourself to a bit of misery. ^^;;

Hopefully, I can give it another shot next year or the one after. I will again start at #1 because I want to do the entire circuit in one trip. If you have any more questions, please let me know!
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Magical_Squirrel wrote:

I did the Tokushima prefecture portion of the pilgrimage last March. My original plan was to do the entire circuit, but I had some personal issues which forced me to return to the U.S. early. Anyway, I wore the 白衣 (white robe) and the すげ笠 (conical Asian hat) and carried a 金剛杖 (pilgrim stick/staff). I walked all until temple #23 (approx. 160km), and there isn't a day that I don't think about wanting to return. I roughed it every night...which is hard to recommend unless you like subjecting yourself to a bit of misery. ^^;;

Hopefully, I can give it another shot next year or the one after. I will again start at #1 because I want to do the entire circuit in one trip. If you have any more questions, please let me know!


Thanks for responding!

Did you purchase the outfit there at the first temple, or you brought it with you to Japan? When you say "roughed it every night", were you camping at the side of the road - pitch tent and all? Is that even allowed? How "rough" was rough?
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macht_gut wrote:
Thanks for responding!

Did you purchase the outfit there at the first temple, or you brought it with you to Japan? When you say "roughed it every night", were you camping at the side of the road - pitch tent and all? Is that even allowed? How "rough" was rough?

I purchased everything I needed (jacket, walking stick, conical hat, incense, candles, lighter) from the first temple. They have everything needed as far as the rituals go. (Hint: It's cheaper if you walk across the road from the temple to another shop!)

Yep. I camped every night I was there except for one night when I stayed with a friend in Tokushima. I experienced no problems camping at all. Of course, you can't just pitch a tent anywhere. I stayed at 道の駅(road stations...kind of like "welcome stations" you find in the U.S.) and at other places specially designated for pilgrims. This is a fairly popular way to do the pilgrimage so there are definitely others doing the same thing. I have read that people have had success camping in public parks and on public beaches, but I didn't do either of those (I would have if I'd been on the trail longer).

The biggest problem is keeping yourself clean. Onsens are nice but not available every day. I took quite a few sink "baths". Having enough money for a hotel at least once a week is a good idea just to get a good shower and sleep in a proper bed. I didn't budget for that before, but probably will for next time.

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Wow! Quite an adventure. What made you want to do the Pilgrimage?
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macht_gut wrote:
Wow! Quite an adventure. What made you want to do the Pilgrimage?

It was, but it's an unfinished one!

I had always wanted to go to Japan, but I never had any specific things I wanted to do. One day I was watching this show called Japanology 101, an English language show produced by NHK, on Youtube. That particular episode talked about the pilgrimage. For whatever reason, I was hooked and decided almost immediately I had to do it. I thought it would be a chance for me to tackle a daunting activity and provide me with a lot of time for introspection. I also really liked the idea of going to Shikoku, the most rural place in Japan pretty much. I felt like I could find more of the authentic Japan there. Then there was the historical aspect of walking the same pilgrimage as people did a thousand years ago....although there was much less asphalt in those times. ^^;;

I don't regret deciding to go on the pilgrimage one bit. I really wish my circumstances had been a little different so I could have stayed. I was bitter about having to return to the U.S. early, but eventually that faded and now I'm just left with the desire to return and finish what I started. However, I do think I'll try and find another person to do the pilgrimage with next time. Some of the nights are cold and lonely so it's helpful to have a traveling companion to share the misery with (but the good kind of misery that's only good if there's two people instead of one ).
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I might consider. Of course, depending on what type of Magical Squirrel you are. Seriously, it would be fun.
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