""There were two things that particularly stood out to me on my pilgrimage.""
""The first was the incredible kindness shown by complete strangers across all of Shikoku. Having heard of osettai (the practice of supporting pilgrims along the way with small gestures), I knew it would happen, but I was constantly surprised by the number of people who called out 'ohenro san' (traditional title for pilgrims) and offered me advice, directions or gifts.""
""The second was the incredible beauty of Shikoku. I expected the mountains to be beautiful, but then the coast at the start of Kochi and the incredible Shimanto and Niyodo rivers just blew my mind.""
""I would encourage any future ohenro to join Facebook groups, as people in Shikoku and across the world are available to give advice and support. In fact, someone in the group offered me accommodation in Kochi City at their house, and although I already had a place to stay, we met for dinner, which was a beautiful connection made.""
""For anyone having a day off in Kochi City, Montbell has a t-shirt only available in Shikoku, with a design of the brand’s bear dressed in the pilgrim’s traditional white garb–a great souvenir! I also used Montbell chopsticks to reduce the amount of single-use, disposable wooden chopsticks on my pilgrimage.""
@Mark Peterson successfully completed the entire 1400-kilometer Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage starting in late April of this year! His goal was to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease.