Walking Japan's Ancient Pilgrimage Routes: Shikoku's 88 Temple Pilgrimage

When the priest Kukai returned from China in 806 and introduced esoteric Buddhism to Japan, followers began to walk in his footsteps on the island of his birthplace. The 1200 kilometre journey between 88 temples on Shikoku emulates Kukai’s life. Pilgrims believe they walk with him and commune with his spirit and teachings. Learn about this spirit of pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan and how to plan your own journey.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Oliver Statler – Japanese Pilgrimage (Morrow 1983) – a small extract will be distributed in class.
  • Richard Story – A History of Modern Japan (Pelican Original, 1960)
  • John McBride – Notes on the Kumano Kodo (copies will be distributed in class)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • What is the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage
  • How to plan a journey lasting from one to ten days on the Shikoku 88 Temples Pilgrimage.
  • Knowledge of how to book and use inns and temple accommodation along the way.
  • Highlights of the journey
  • A reflection on your own journey


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the history of the Shikoku 88 Temples Pilgrimage
  2. Recognise some of the great sites of the Shikoku 88 Temples Pilgrimage
  3. Be able to plan your own trip to Shikoku, Japan.
$65 Limited

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13 Feb

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