Shikoku, Day 20


I sneak into your garden

To eat aronia berries

(Please keep yourself hidden

Until I go away)

Mosaic in a pedestrian tunnel along the coast after Kanjizaiji (temple 40) There are many tunnels along the path, usually shared with cars. This one was the first for pedestrians and bikers only. As it was a rainy day, it was good to be dry for a short time.

  1. Normally, the tunnels are dark and only a narrow line is left for pedestrians. This on was different.
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Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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  1. very dramatic photo … is this tunnel through a mountain or under water?

    we love following your blog … we are looking over your shoulder as you walk these beautiful spaces.

    sending hugs!

    • Dear patty, I just saw your message. The tunnel you are referring to goes through the mountain, costantly slightly up to a little road and the path continues up to the top of the mountain. I was very curious when I saw it and followed it up through very dim light. In the middle of the path dwarf like statues of -i guess- Jizo Bosatsus were lined up, those Gods helping to alliviate the suffering in the world.


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