is for michi, or the Japanese word for Path. The trail marks the path, literally and figuratively, and Japan has no shortage of roads for you to travel. Whether you’re planning to embark on the 88-Temple Pilgrimage, or simply taking a short Sunday stroll, there is always a new one awaiting you. Paths line gardens, temples, shrines, the alleys of small town shops. Some roads are so small as to be more suitable for walking, than driving. There are paths (real and perceived) through the mountains, and forests.
I have noticed that the “paths” in Japan have been particularly artful. Their creation is measured and considered, not like the wild, or straight and narrow perpendiculars I am used to in the states. The paths are purposeful, yet feel natural. I regret that I could not walk them all before leaving.
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