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Shikoku Pilgrimage: Ehime

Quick note: you may be wondering why I mention the New Years holiday a lot in this post, even though I’m publishing it in late April. Not only did life catch up to me shortly after I finished walking the Ehime prefecture section of the trail, but I was also debating on how to actually write about my experience this time. Before I knew it, it had became April, and I am actually in the midst of preparing for walking the final section during Golden Week! So I came back to this post and decided to stop being an editorial wuss and just publish it. Most of what I’ve written below is exactly what I wrote back in January, with some added bits. I think I will go in more detail about the trip as a whole once I’ve finished it entirely.

As I write about the next section of the Shikoku trail, I find it harder and harder to elaborate on a day to day scale. Writing about the minute-to-minute details, from catching buses to walking hours, it all seems a bit…tedious; Information and tidbits that are, in the long run, unnecessary regarding the trip as a whole. While I am writing this quite after the fact, I can still remember all those minor details, but they become duller every time I scribe. Much like the photography I have been sharing, I slimmed it down to the best parts, and show what actually stood out to me as opposed to a reaction to every temple I went to. I figure I should probably try doing the same here.

I’ll still do the usual and give information regarding where I stayed and other minor points of interest for any future pilgrim. But this will absolutely be a more condensed version of a travelogue compared to my earlier stints.

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キャラキャラEverywhere

Japan likes cute. I mean, really likes cute, and nowhere else is this more apparent than Japanese mascots. Sure, people know Pikachu, Astro Boy and anything related to the more media side of things, but this obsession with cute characters and mascots has led to a nationwide battle. Prefectures, cities, towns and smaller municipalities all have their own characters that go head to head every year to see who is the most popular.

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