Wrapping up 2020: What a disaster.

Today is December 31st, 2020. It’s the end of the year, and it couldn’t come fast enough. 2020 vision is such a sad joke, it makes me really wonder if we, as a human race, have much hindsight after the debacle that has been this year. Things seemed to have started out okay, but then with the corona pandemic, the wheels came off. The temples closed down, the airports shut down, the pilgrims from overseas dwindled down to virtually nothing. It’s been a rough year for so many, and our hearts are truly broken for those who lost so much this year: loved ones, jobs, careers, house and home, passion for living, health, and inspiration.

It’s been a dark dark year, and it is hard to be philosophical about it, especially when you know and feel that so much damage to our world this way was avoidable, treatable, and could have been handled so much better. As a people we ought to feel no small amount of outrage at people who downplayed the pandemic, who pretended that it really wasn’t so bad, and that it would disappear like magic. A lot of people are gone now, who didn’t need to be, because of these genocidal acts of omission and the promotion of falsehood and outright lies.

We need to do better from now on. We need to really make education, reading, and the pursuit of intellectual expansion priorities for our communities and societies. Vaccines are not “theories”, it is medicine to prevent tragedy. Science is not a “worldview”. Science is real. We need to be a bit stronger to state these things directly and be less tolerant of ignorance and overly loud opinion as having “equal value of perspective”. It does not. We must not give it another inch. Our generosity towards stupidity has lethal consequences.

So, when you are venturing forth and making plans to make your way to Shikoku for a journey of a lifetime, please do take care of yourself. Get medical insurance before you come. This is a MUST HAVE item. Get the vaccinations you need. Cooperate with others until things get better. Social distance, wear your mask, do no harm. Be considerate. Wash your hands. Book your hotels and inns before you come. Plan your journey for next year (maybe…. fall???) meticulously. Leave less to chance. By all means, come to Shikoku and explore the splendor that awaits, and start the healing journey you may need, but use more than your heart to do so. Use your brain. Make a plan. Make a schedule. Be flexible with your expectations. Be kind and forgiving to yourself and to others.

Let’s do our part to make 2021 the year we come back from the brink of darkness. I’ll still be here cheering you on!

Hard Copy of Your Pilgrimage in Japan

Amazon is a speedy machine. I had put out the notice that the Kindle version was ready to go and when I woke up this morning I got the notice that the hard copy version is now also available.

I can’t describe how excited I am that this book is out there. I have written books before, and make a bunch of textbooks/homework books for our English student. But this one is a special book. It is one that I hope will serve as an inspiration to whet the appetite of people who are all over the world and thinking of doing something for their lives that may help them get “on a better path”.

Of course, no vacation or long walk through the woods and through temples will solve all your problems. But time away from the noise of things that drag you down, a bit of a disconnect from the white sound of television and media, and a chance to learn and explore the glorious Shikoku Pilgrimage may do one’s soul good.

So, if you are interested please get yourself a copy of the book. Available through fine internet connections everywhere:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1701297779/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=your+pilgrimage+in+japan&qid=1571792058&s=books&sr=1-1

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Calm Pilgrimage Video

I’m constantly on the look out for new quality video taken of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Some is really highly produced and carefully choreographed, and that can be great. But this video is very nice in the calmness and simplicity of its creation and production.

Check it out:

Some of the drone photography is simply superb.

walking-hero.net Wow.

I think that there are a lot of people out there who fancy themselves a good photographer. Taryn Bravo will make you think twice about that. The photos on his site, of those of the pilgrimage are stunning. I found myself spending a lot of time looking through the incredible work throughout. Very talented.

One more thing that makes Taryn’s work even better here is he includes a very extensive and descriptive Gear List on his site. Walking outdoors for a couple months straight can be rough, so you got to get ready and have good gear to make the best of it.

Highly recommended site. Very articulate and interesting writer!

https://www.walking-henro.net/