33 Kannon Statues along the Hatenashi-toge pass on the Kohechi trail of Kumano Kodo

There are 33 manifestations of the Japanese Deity, Kannon. We hiked the Kohechi Route of the Kumano Kodo from Hongu to Koyasan. The first section is a pretty intense hike from Yagio to Totsukawa Onsen using the Hatenashi-toge pass. A very interesting feature of this section … Continue reading33 Kannon Statues along the Hatenashi-toge pass on the Kohechi trail of Kumano Kodo

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12 Pounds on My Back

Less than 12 hours until I depart. When I first assembled my pack earlier this weekend it was 18 pounds. After lots of negotiating and some swift cuts I am slightly below 12 pounds. I have reduced the contents of my pack to 11.8 pounds … Continue reading12 Pounds on My Back

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Will I Stay or Will I Go?

Well…we’ve come down to this. After over a year of planning and prepping Dad and I are scheduled to arrive in Osaka in 4 days. The problem is the biggest storm of the year, Typhoon Hagibis is currently pounding Japan and conditions do not look … Continue readingWill I Stay or Will I Go?

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A Spiritual Reset

There comes a time in your life when you realize you are just tired. You realize that the day-to-day stresses and worries of work, family, and life has been a weight on your shoulders for a long time. One day, late last year, while laying … Continue readingA Spiritual Reset

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