This is one of the great pleasures of my business… to meet so many wonderful people all over the world.
We had lunch at Solviva Restaurant in Osaka.. and talked for 3 hours.
This, to me, is the essence of being a “hobopoet”… connecting and learning from incredible people.
I had a great time!
Tomorrow we take a bus to Tokushima-City.. to the starting point of the pilgrimage. Monday morning, I’ll put on the white shirt and begin!
I’ve got a bit of a cold today… and I’m not surprised. After 5 days of very little sleep at a Leadership Seminar,.. then a 12 hour flight.. my body is tired. I’ll be resting and relaxing for the next 3 days and hope to recover by then.
Tomorrow we’re having lunch with some of my students here in Osaka. On Sunday we (Tomoe and I) will go to Tokushima-City– the location of temple #1 and the start of the pilgrimage.
I start walking Monday morning.
Tomorrow I fly to Japan and soon begin the 88 Temple Pilgrimage on Shikoku.
I feel excited and nervous at the same time. Have I trained enough? Will I be able to manage with very little Japanese? How will I find food and accommodation? Is my backpack too heavy.. is there something else I can eliminate from it? Have I forgotten something I’ll need?
Such are my thoughts at this moment.
But then I change my focus. I imagine entering the temples– washing my hands at the entrance, ringing the bell, bowing 3 times…. meditating for a few moments. I imagine strolling through the Shikoku countryside… up and down forested hills… alongside rice fields… next to the shore… through towns and cities.
I imagine nearly 2 months without the usual distractions of modern life. Two months to just walk, meditate, meet people… Two months under the open sky.
Nervous, I grin about walking into the unknown…….