Breakfast was at 6 am. After breakfast the owner of the minshuku drove Masa, Marie-Claude and myself to catch the community bus for the Shido train station. Marie-Claude and myself then took the limited express train to Tokashima.
The owners mother who is 87 helps out. She is a dear and enjoy her presence. Here is her picture she let me take before leaving:
In Tokashima I took Marie-Claude to the bus terminal to get her ticket for Osaka and I booked mine for tomorrow.
I then had a nice matcha latte green tea at Starbucks before heading off to Bando station to walk back to Temple 1.
Being back at Temple 1 was kind of surreal. There were a couple bus groups there and I joined into the Heart Sutra with them. When I went to get the completion stamp from Temple 1 he gave me a nice bracelet as osettai for completing the pilgrimage and coming back to Temple 1.
I sat at the temple for a bit reflecting on my pilgrimage journey this time, the many ohenros I met and kind Japanese people. Here are some pictures with many ohenros in white as they start their 88 Temple pilgrimage.
I then took the train back to Tokashima to check in the hotel at 16:00 hours.
Along the way there were some wonderful signage to guide you to the temple.
There were this wonderful bunch of Irises along the way that caught my eye.
At the Tokushima station there were some interesting characters to greet me.
After I checked in I met with David Moreton for tea and chatted about my ohenro experience.
Tomorrow I am off to Osaka to make plans for my trip to Koyasan.
2 thoughts on “2019-04-15: Day 32 – Back to Temple 1”
This is a nice picture of the minshuku and the owners mother who is 87,she look like she a nice lady,Arnold you went back to Temple1,there a couple bus groups there and you joined into the Heart Sutra with them,you went to get the completion. Stamp from Temple1 they gave you a nice bracelet as osetta for completing the Pilgrimage and coming back to Temple1, that was nice of them, You took some more nice photos today that are beautiful . Love Mum (Cora )
I can only imagine the feeling of returning to Temple #1 as a conclusion rather than a beginning. Safe travels. ~linda