Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
The Kumano Kodo, or "ancient road", is a pilgrimage route straight through the Kii Peninsula and was once a pilgrame route only meant for the household of the Emperor, but today it's a very popular hiking route and today I have the first day of one of the hiking routes. It's a short route and it brings us from Takijiri-oji to Tsugizakura-oji.
Here is the short description of this one-day hike along the Kumano Kodo: This one-day hike begins at the Takijiri-oji shrine beside the Tonda River and follows a mountain trail passing through Takahara and Chikatsuyu village to Tsugizakura-oji. The route has some steep inclines and downhill slopes on uneven surfaces. There are paved sections in the village of Takahara and from Chikatsuyu village to Tsugizakura-oji.
nature's deities still dwelling
a silent prayer
And now it is up to you to create your haiku, tanka or other form of Japanese poetry inspired on this ancient shrine.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 12th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode later on. For now ... have fun!