It started suddenly, the bus left me at side of motorway, when the sun was about coming up.
It reminded me of my very first motorcycle trip to Hokkaido, I drove to the port Ooarai in Ibaraki at night in pouring rain. After the long ferry ride in tiny cabin, suddenly I was at different scale of landscape, dry cool continental climate. This time was also rain when I left Tokyo at midnight, then suddenly, it feels like almost time travel for couple of decades. In fact, some places seem like hundreds of years back.

1-8 25km

I have lost an hour and half at the very first Settaijyo, before the first temple. The old guy invited me, as he was almost awaiting for very long time.
He was kindly talking and telling me what and how to do. The way it should be done, Japanese way. However there are no Japanese way. Every individuals has its own way, so my way is the only way.
This was my first lesson. Other people’s kindness could cause the problems, therefore I must carefully and quickly decide if I listen or not.

_DSC0989 Average people (who lives in busy city and walk decent speed) could go up to the 10th temple on the first day, once you start the first temple at 7 am.
You get stamped only in between 7am to 5pm at the temple._DSC1000
The Second lesson, the importance of time.
I regret the loss of the first one hour and half, yet it was very good lessons at the beginning. I could manage only to the 8th temple therefore I had to find an accommodation somewhere closer to the 9th temple.
March in Shikoku, it still gets cold in the evening. Even the tiny bath was relief to exhausted body, after long bus ride, and the very first day of over 25km of walk.



これがしきたり、日本式、マイウェイは良くないなど。彼は歩いたことがあるのだろうか?それぞれ一人一人、理由も思いも体力も違う、日本式など存在しない、結局自分自身 My Way 以外はありえないだろう。

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