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Day 14: Teba-jima

sunny 23 °C

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Temples 21-23
Riding the ropeway up to temple 21 costs about 2500 yen per person (around $30). That could buy us 50 packs of mitarashi dango at the convenient store! This ‘5 minute extravagant ropeway experience’ was not worth $60, so we decided to drive. We drove up the mountain, parked our car, and hiked up 1k to temple 21.

While we were on our walk, Junya-san told us a funny story about his experience with toads. At a specific time of the year, these toads would come out to mate at night. Junya-san and a couple of his buddies decided to go out in the middle of the woods to find these toads. But they accidentally fell into a ditch and couldn’t get back up. Pitch dark, nobody around, and cold – oh, Junya-san!

On our way to temple 23, we passed by a playground near Fukui Dam. It was apparently closed because it was infested with snakes, but we sneaked in regardless. I mean, who closes the playground on a Wednesday? We are REAL HENROS and REAL HENROS are not afraid of snakes. We slid through a very long slide, ran around and acted like little kids until we saw a security guard coming.

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We finally reached to temple 23, Junya-san’s final temple. The sakura trees were blossoming everywhere! As Junya-san was getting his last stamp, I wondered when we will finally get all 88 stamps. How would I feel when all our nokyocho pages are filled up.

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We celebrated his accomplishments with a nice lunch at Ikko Café. I really wanted takoyaki (octopus balls), so I decided to skip lunch and wait for my takoyaki. Junya-san drove us to a rest stop to buy my takoyaki. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT – lumpy, soft, slightly cold, and there weren’t many octopus pieces inside! Meagan was right – I guess I have to wait until Osaka to try good takoyaki.

We decided to go spend the night at Temajima, where one of the henro guesthouses is located. We took the ferry, which only cost 220 yen! Man, I would ride the ferry every day just to enjoy the view and the fresh air! Kazu-san, the owner of the Tema-jima guesthouse, welcomed us to the island.

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I skyped with my dearest clustermmates. They haven’t changed one bit – rowdy, jolly, and loud as ever! I miss them so much. Before sundown, Kazu-san took us on a walk with his dog, Shanti, around the ENTIRE island, which was only 3k!

Afterwards, we took a nice, warm shower, ate delicious dinner, listened to music, and made a facebook page for the Tema-jima guesthouse! If anyone plans on going to Japan, you MUST come to Tema-jima. It’s like the mini version of Hawaii! I wish I was back there already…

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Here is the website Kazu-san created with us!
http://www.facebook.com/tebajimaguesthouseShantishanti

Posted by thewongway 08.05.2012 22:01 Archived in Japan

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