Shikoku Pilgrimage: religion up for grabs


Japan has four main islands. This excellent Financial Times article by Barney Jopson discusses the circumambulatory pilgrimage around one of those islands – Shikoku.  I have circled the island myself, but in a car, though I climbed up to several temples by foot.  The variety of motivations of those doing this pilgrimage was amazing.

The article shows the complex way Japanese handle their religious traditions.d Watching a tradition very different from your own can sometimes help you to see the silliness of your own.

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