Well, it is a new year, and 2016 promises to be a lot of interesting things. This year I have a few resolutions and I hope they will all be fulfilled.

Regarding this site, one of the big missions I have is to introduce more of Kagawa-ken to people outside of Japan. From this month I will be periodically going out on bus tour to visit all 88 temples on the Buddhist pilgrimage. I apologize in advance for not doing the authentic pilgrimage on foot. If I could get away for a month and a half to walk around Shikoku I would do it in a heartbeat.

So, for the pilgrimage I will do my best to make notes and take a lot of photos as we travel from temple to temple. One of the things I hope to bring to the project is more information for each location than is typically available.

I am reading Craig McLauchan’s, “Tales of a Summer Henro” and I truly admire the man for doing the pilgrimage in summer. It is unbelievably hot in the summer months and I am enjoying the tales of his travels. One thing that is missing in the book, due to the tremendous strain he endured throughout his travels, are details for each temple. I am hoping to resolve that and add more to what we have in English information for the temples.

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The goal is to give the next round of pilgrims more information about each temple and about the pilgrimage experience. I hope that it will be helpful and this is my personal project for the year 2016.

Wishing each of you a wonderful new year, full of promise and discovery. Come along with us as we take a short journey through this part of Japan. Maybe we both can learn something important along the way.

Mark