Most of the temples I have visited now are starting to become indistinguishable in my memory, but I am sure Temple 66 will remain distinct. My favourite temples are those perched on mountains, and the cold early morning walk to Unpenji in the snow was memorable. The temple itself had some interesting features, including the first Tibetan-style prayer wheels I have seen in Japan, and a huge collection of lifesize statues. Also at Temple 66 there was what looked liked a large bronze statue of an aubergine, on closer inspection I found that was exactly what it was. "O Tanomi Nasu" to be precise, which translates as something like "Prayer Aubergine", so for ￥500 you get an aubergine shaped wooden tablet to write your name, address, age and your wish, then you hang it on the aubergine shaped board. There is mine: third row down, second from the right.
- Distance walked today = 32km (including 3km by mistake!)
- Distance walked so far = 678.3km
- Temples visited today = Temple 66; Unpenji, Temple 67; Daikouji, Temple 68; Jinnein, Temple 69; Kanonji, Temple 70; Motoyamaji.
- Kouban visited today = nil
- Accommodation = Hotel (room only) ￥3,800, Motodai Business Hotel, Motodaichou, Kanonji City, Kagawaken 〒768 0022
- Expenditure today = five Temple Stamps ￥1500, Aubergine Prayer at Temple 66 ￥500, and gift at Temple 66 ￥500, telephone card ￥3000, food for evening, and breakfast and lunch tomorrow ￥1648
- Settai = this morning the ryokan owner gave us each two onigiri (rice balls) with pickles to take with us for lunch, a four year old Japanese girl gave me a sweet at Temple 68/69, she said "Hello" "Thank you" and "Goodbye" which was quite impressive, I did not know that much Japanese when I was four.