DAY 7 高知/土佐 修行的道場 -2- Kochi Prefecture
The accommodation Minshuku Kawasaki we stayed last night which is very close to Shinsho-ji (#25 津照寺). We found Shinsho-ji (#25) easily just followed the Route 55. I bought one postcard about Mikurado Cave (御廚人窟) at a Henro Shop in front of Shinsho-ji (#25). I was little disappointed that there is no many henro postcards in Tokushima.
At the beginning of my pilgrimage, my body had not got used to ride all day bike, I fell asleep very soon after I entered the lodging. But in recently, I was still energetic while I settled down my belongings, eager to write something for sharing my experiences~~
Kongoscho-ji (#26 金剛頂寺) and Konomine-ji (#27 神峯寺) are at the hill, both of them we needed to leave bicycles then go to the temple on foot. I could see the view of Cape Gyodo (行當岬) side in Kongosho-ji (#26), and a part of Muroto City. Here is a simple wooden Ohenro hut, two old ladies service in the hut and prepare tea and potatoes for Ohenro San.
Mr Nakagawa ate those warm potatoes and thought of his childhood, "Because of War, when I was little, my family was so poor that we ate potatoes everyday..." I was afraid that Mr Nakagawa would like to discuss with me about the War, it was complicated story, and it also was very difficult to talk this in Japanese for me. So... I'd better depart to the next destination!
There is 28 KM from Kongoscho-ji (#26) to Konomine-ji (#27 神峯寺), we spent about 90 minutes on riding. Nearly the noon we arrived there. The height of Konomine-ji (#27) is 440 M, not very high one but the weather is so hot on the way to temple. We took 40 minutes to Komomine-ji (#27), my all body already sweated! Nevertheless, I couldn't be happy still, the Main Hall and Daishi Hall are so high like kidding me as well. Therefore, I didn't have a pretty memory in Konomine-ji (#27).
We met one local resident when we back the place of bike parking. Mr Nakagawa began to talk with him, then introduced me to him I am a Taiwanese, this resident seemed be surprised and glad! Also he talked to me..... in Japanese, I replied him in smiling. However, I was glad to met him as well, so I decided to send him a Penghu Postcard, he was lovely and willing to let me take a picture of him! Thanks for cooperation~~
It was 3:00 p.m. almost, Mr Nakagawa started to contact the accommodation for us. Generally speaking, pilgrims will chose the staying in Aki City (安藝市) after Konomine-ji (#27), but the lodging fare in Aki mostly are more than ￥5000 (Without meal)! Even further one in Geisei Village (藝西村) are the similar price as well. Finally we found one is ￥4500 , Minshuku Kagami, ￥500 cheaper, we needed to ride more 15 KM than Aki City, it is in Konan City (香南市) where is next to Kochi City already.
I certainly recommend the Bicycle Way to Kochi City, they organized perfectly! I was so comfortable and never tired when I was riding this Bicycle Way. This way just along the coastline of Pacific Ocean, I was here and saw the South side... Taiwan is over there! 120 years ago, the Japanese Fleets also saw the same view and went ahead Taiwan?
Our staying tonight Minshiku Kagami is so hidden, uneasy to find it because its signboard is very little and not obvious. Minshuku Kagami looks like a usual house, it is really home-stay style in Japan, which is hidden in the Route 55 and before the location of Kagami Station. There are a patrol station and Japanese style BBQ restaurant nearby our Minshuku. You might notice them firstly. By the way, the BBQ restaurant is tasty, this seemed my first time for eating Japanese BBQ, thanks for Mr Nakagawa's treat again.
But I am curious about the culture of Japanese Restaurant, I don't think they have the concept of smoking and non-smoking area. At least in Taiwan or other places where I have visited, the smoking seats usually in outside or totally different area from non-smoking area. For me, Japan is so wired country on this aspect, the ashtrays just put on obvious place in every table! I think Japanese indeed respect the smokers very much.