A pilgrimage around Shikoku Island, Japan to raise money for Fred Hollows Foundation, giving sight back to people in underprivileged places.
Over October and November 2016 I will be hiking an ancient 1200km long pilgrimage route around Shikoku island, Japan's 4th largest island.
The route passes by 88 buddhist temples, and pilgrims are known as "Ohenro".
I plan to follow the route for 44 days, and would like to share this adventure with you and less privileged people.
It costs the Fred Hollows Foundation about $25 to give sight to a blind person in a developing country. If I can raise $25 for every day I'm walking, this amount will help 44 people to be able to see and appreciate the beautiful world we live in.
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All donations go to the Fred Hollows Foundation, for giving sight back to under-privileged blind people.
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If you're reading this then you probably donated towards the Fred Hollows Foundation. I'd like to personally show my appreciation by sending you a Shikoku postcard, which I will produce myself from photos I took during the pilgrimage. If you'd like to receive one please email me at email@example.com with your name and address.
For most pilgrims the last step of the 88 temple pilgrimage is to climb Mt Koya on the main island of Japan and visit the monasteries founded by Kobo Daishi, the monk in whose footsteps the pilgrimage traces.
My companion Nagisa joined me for the final walk, 6 hours hiking up Mt Koya, and we arrived after dark, temperature a few degrees above zero, at the massive Daimon (large gate) which marks the entrance to the mountain-top monastery town. It's a breathtaking sight to behold when you walk up out of the forest and the flood-lit structure fills your vision!
Yesterday we visited the tomb of Kobo Daishi and some of the large temples and pagodas which attract many foreign and Japanese pilgrims and tourists all year around.
For me, it was the final step in this 7 week expedition and pilgrimage. I've appreciated the many encouraging comments and help along the way, thank you everyone!
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