In the spring of 2019 travel writer Jasper Winn walked the 1,000 year old Buddhist pilgrimage route around Shikoku Island.
The five week pilgrimage was both a total immersion into the world of traditional Japanese culture, and a slow trek through the realities of the modern country.
The route took him to remote mountains, along wild coastline, into ancient forests and through big cities.
For eight hundred years pilgrims have walked this Japanese ‘Camino de Santiago,’ and Jasper travelled in traditional manner, as a nojuku henro - a ‘no accommodation pilgrim’ – sleeping in bamboo groves, rough shelters and as a guest of locals.
Jasper’s six week journey, wearing straw hat and cotton robe whilst carrying the stick that signified his grave marker, followed modern roads, mountain paths, forest trails and coastal tracks.
Winn is set to recount his experience when he gives a talk at Wild Side Sports, Clogheenavodig, Bandon on Wednesday November 6th at 6.30.
Tickets for the event are €6 and are for sale in-store or on the door on the night with complimentary refreshments also available.
The event is likely to appeal to people who have already completed the Camino de Santiago and are looking for their next big adventure.
Jasper is a writer, photographer and ‘slow adventurer.’
His books include Paddle; A long way around Ireland about a thousand mile seakayak circumnavigation of Ireland, whilst Water Ways explores the history and sociology of Britain’s canal system through a thousand mile journey on foot, in a kayak and by bicycle.
For more information call Phil or Laurie on 023-8829706 or e-mail [email protected]