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Fireweed - Kumano Kodo Routes Journal - 2018

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Oct 29, 2018
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Oct 28th, 2018
Start: Osaka, Japan
End: Osaka, Japan
Daily Distance: 3
Trip Distance: 3.0

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Hotel Room with Fresh Yukata

Loose in Osaka

I decided to do the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route in Japan--looking for a walk off the beaten path and also one that incorporated 1000 years of traditional use. I also am a Buddhist with roots in the Soto Zen Buddhism of Japan. I don't speak Japanese, so I decided to go with a guide from "Walk Japan": Georgio, originally from Italy, had lived for 15 years in Japan. There were three others on the walk--Daniel from Shanghai, Allison from Taiwan and Mayumi from Tokyo who worked for "Walk Japan" and was expanding her experience base. I met with them in Osaka on Oct. 28th, but got into town two days earlier, so wandered around on my own for a day and took a walk in downtown Osaka from the Lonely Planet Japan Guide. Culture shock! Not only a large city (I lived in relatively bucolic Ashland, Oregon) but in Japan--without the crutch of being able to read signs. Here we go...... Stressed from a 15 hour flight from L.A. I maneuvered through Japan customs and very helpful staff at Nankai Express Train. I boarded the train with my behemoth luggage and was getting pretty stressed as the train ride from Kansai airport to Osaka wore on. Then I spied a vending machine as we slowed through one of the terminals---beer!! They sell beer in vending machines in Japan. I knew things would be o.k. I got a taxi from the Osaka Namba City train terminal to my hotel. The next day, after experiencing the miracle of efficiency and comfort that is a Japanese hotel room, I finally pried myself out of the room and ventured into the wilderness of Dotonbori/Shinsaibashi/downtown Osaka for an afternoon. In hindsight, I should have gotten a local guide. I assumed I'd be jet lagged, but this wasn't the case at all.

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