It was a strange evening ceremony in Temple 6 last night. But first we enjoyed another inadequate dinner made up of the usual bits and pieces without anything of substance. I’ve lost 5Kg since I left home. That’s 69kg down to 63kg.
The service involved some chanting and then we had to invoke our ancestors by means of floating a candle down a stream in the temple and writing a wish on a piece of wood and tossing it into the fire.
I set off on my final day of this pilgrimage to retrace my steps of mid September to Temple 1. It was a very pleasant sunny morning with the temperature in the mid to high teens and no humidity. I envied the pilgrims coming towards me on their first day. While I saw the temples bathed in beautiful soft greens they will walk in a blaze of autumnal reds and gold. And while I had to withstand 36 degrees of afternoon heat and humidity, not to mention typhoons, they will need to button up their jackets and hurry along to keep warm.
Unlike my previous walks, I’ve completed a circle to arrive back at the starting point. Nothing had changed. I performed my temple rituals including burning 3 sticks of incense (for the past, present and future) at the main and Daishi temples and then obtained my completion stamp which also includes today’s date. I bought a T-shirt and a fridge magnet and then set off to the station for the train to Tokushima feeling quite empty. That means it was a good one.
The completion stamp at Temple 1