Walking in the rain is something special. There are different sounds and smells. You can hear the rain falling through the leaves, frogs everywhere and birds singing loudly. You can smell the earth and even some of the flowers. The light has something very special too, colors seem to be more intense. I could recognize many small things. No photo will be able to truly capture this experience, but it can be burned deep into my heart and soul, to be kept as a treasure for a lifetime.”
This past spring, Jane Haeger traveled far from her hometown in Stade, Germany, to walk the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage (also called ohenro). Her reflection so gently conveys the kind of beauty you might begin to notice during ohenro, when you’re so close to nature and away from the crowds. Thank you Jane for reminding us that there’s infinite beauty all around us
Japan's rainy season will soon be upon us, but no matter when you choose to walk the pilgrimage, it’s always good to be prepared for wet weather. Foldable umbrellas may be easy to carry, but they can break in strong wind. Plus, the limited coverage won’t keep you fully dry in pouring rain. So, I would highly recommend opting for a poncho instead! In addition to being easy to put on and off, ponchos can be worn over your backpack as well, which will help keep your belongings dry. The sedge hat (sugegasa) is perhaps one of the most recognizable items of pilgrim clothing, and also great for rain protection!