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A young woman of 24 set off alone in 1918 to walk the 1400 kilometre pilgrimage route around the island of Shikoku. Her dream of a solitary journey ended when an old man of 73 met early on her journey insisted that he accompany her as servant and protector because he believed that she was an attendant of Kannon Bosatsu. This book is her account of their extraordinary ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published March 13th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Charlie Canning
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fine translation of a Japanese classic

My first reaction upon reading Tennant's translation of Musume Junreiki, The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue was one of surprise. Here is something of quality - how was it that no one had translated this work into English before? Thirty years on the shelf while hundreds of thousands of people made their own circuits around Shikoku, kept their own journals, wrote their own books. Some interesting accounts to be sure, but few more interesting than
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Jenna (Falling Letters)
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japan, 2015, shikoku-henro
Review originally posted 30 November 2015 on Falling Letters.

The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue resonated with me in new way. I completed the pilgrimage a few months ago, the same age as Takamure, nearly 100 years after her (though I did it in pieces via a mixture of walking and driving). For these reasons I found Takamure highly relatable. I read the bulk of this book just two months after completing the pilgrimage, but I had already begun to feel nostalgic for the experience. This
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Lord Kuz
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although this is an account written in the style of newspaper articles (105), this is a very readable account of a young woman's journey on the Shikoku Pilgrimage in 1918. I have read much about the Pilgrimage and plan on doing it myself in a few years time - but this account is something more than a travel guide or advice for those planning the pilgrimage. In fact it is more about a young woman who was to become a famous writer and poet - feminist and romantic, and the early events and ...more
Angela
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Itsue Takamure's story of her Shikoku Pilgrimage is must reading for anyone who is planning to do the pilgrimage today because it gives some useful historical context, and Shikoku is probably the least well known of Japan's main four islands. But as many such stories are, this one was mostly about herself, and often not in a way that explained very much. For example, nearly everyone she met seemed shocked that such a young woman had been permitted by her family to travel alone, and indeed, I ...more
Nick Gogarty
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Takamure's account of her trip around the 88-temple Pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan is a fun, poetic glimpse into an interesting and rapidly changing period of Japanese history. Here, budding Post-Meiji values (particularly her pioneering feminism) are clearly in tension with the older rustic values of Shikoku's pilgrimage tradition.
This travelogue is a collection of short newspaper articles, and at only 200 pages covering nearly 6 months of walking, the narrative occasionally feels stilted and
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