This month at Carpe Diem I’m exploring the “Motherland” of haiku, Japan.
Today we are taking a look at Shikoku Island
Shikoku is one of the four main islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) that make up Japan.
It is the smallest (225 km or 139.8 mi long and between 50 and 150 km or 31.1 and 93.2 mi wide)
It is the smallest of the four.
Mountains running east and west divide Shikoku into a narrow northern subregion, fronting on the Inland Sea, and a southern part facing the Pacific Ocean.
Mount Ishizuchi in Ehime at 1,982 m (6,503 ft) is the highest mountain on the island.
It is known as ‘the roof of Shikoku’ and the sharp, rocky summit resembles a huge stone hammer.
Photo Credit. The highest point on Mount Ishizuchi
Mount Ishizuchi is an important object of worship in this region and one of the major centers of Shugendō, a sect of a mixture of Shintoism and Buddhism.
At the top of the mountain, there is a small shrine called the Ishizuchi Shrine.
This mountain is also known as one of Seven Holy Mountains.
Most modern-day pilgrims travel by bus, rarely choosing the old-fashioned method of going by foot.
They are seen wearing white jackets emblazoned with the characters reading dogyo ninin meaning “two traveling together”.
An aruki-henro or walking pilgrim marked out by his distinctive sedge hat, white shirt, and kongō-zue. The henro-michi route passes through the countryside and a number of cities.
Tanka based on my study of Shikoku
eighty eight temples pilgrims
priest kukai connect
listening to the higher spirits
recording natures glory