DAY 2 德島/阿波 發心的道場 -2- Tokushima Prefecture
It kept drizzling this morning. I asked the lodging Morimotoya owner (A kind grandma) for leaving my belongings here, then I would ride to Dainich-ji (#4 大日寺) first and take it back soon. Of course I got this grandma's agreement easily.
I set off as long as the clock was 7 a.m. -The opening time of the stamp office. Dainichi-ji (#4) was my first slope challenge, it was still easier than the latter. Dainichi-ji (#4) is a secluded temple, maybe it was still early so here are not many visitors or pilgrims. Usually I prefer the temples in the mountains, they have secluded, clean and refined atmosphere, nevertheless most of them is very hard to arrive.
Actually, I ever brought my tent and planed to camp on Henro way. But my tent isn't waterproof, based on the weather broadcast , it would keep raining in those few days, I thought delivery my tent home was a better idea. There is one Lawson where is near to Morimotoya, I just sat there and waited for the opening time of post office. To sum up, I lost ￥3100 and 1.5 KG of my belongings.
On my way to Anraku-ji (#6 安樂寺), I met my travel partner in after 20 days - Mr Nakagawa (中川先生). In fact, It is not easy to meet Henro cyclist comparing Henro walker. Mr Nakagawa is from Nara (奈良), he was 70 years-old then! (His age can be my grandfather.) He told me that this Shikoku Henro was his last adventure, he did 2 months cycling training for this pilgrimage. When he led me to ride the way, he even rode faster than me, I felt so embarrassed.
My Japanese language is very poor, even though I have learned some Japanese in university, it is 4 years ago already! Now I only can read Hinagana (One of Japanese letters) or speak very short Japanese conversation, that's it! And Mr Nakagawa's Engligh has very strong Japanese accent, it was always a kind of challenge for us to communicate with each other. ( I missed my Japanese friends who I met in Australia suddenly~~)
Whatever, I was very lucky to meet Mr Nakagawa. I just needed to give him the list of cheap accommodation, he could do the contact with the lodging owner for me very, very, very easy! He solved a big problem about the lodging contacting. I was always so lucky on my Henro way, thank the Ishida family, thank Mr Nakagawa and thank Shikoku 88 temples!
After Juraku-ji (#7 十樂寺), Kumadani-ji (#8 熊谷寺) and Fujii-dera (#11 藤井寺) is the next intractable challenge. It didn't mean that Kirihata-ji (#10 切幡寺) is the easy one, Kirihata-ji (#10) is not only steep, but also have to climb 333 stairs on foot for arriving at their main gate.
According to my cheap lodging list, Mr Nakagawa contacted with the Zenkoyado (善根宿) owner after we visited Fujii-dera (#11). This Zenkoyado calls Akatukian (曉庵), which was near to Kamojima Station (鴨島驛), only ￥1000 one night. Mr Nakagawa seemed be happy about the price, so he treated me the conveyor sushi for dinner!