At last, I’m heading to Okubo-ji, the last sacred temple of the pilgrimage. It was a long pilgrimage, and I was deeply moved by the thought that it would be only 10 Km left. Along the way, I saw some small temple, various Jizo statues, and stone signposts, which reminded me of my long pilgrimage. Interestingly, there was even a horse grave with a picture of a horse carved on it.
It took me about an hour to get to the Ohenro Exchange Salon in Maeyama, and I arrived just before 9:00 a.m. When I went in, they said they would offer a certificate of the completion of the Shikoku pilgrimage, a memorial badge, and a DVD with pictures of each temple. Here I was appointed as a Henro Ambassador.
At the Ohenro Exchange Salon, I could learn a lot about the history of Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage. Surprisingly, there were also some people who had done the pilgrimage more than 300 times, and in such cases, their stamp book became bright red as they kept adding red stamps on the same book.
There was a map where pilgrims put their votive card for each prefecture they were from. It seems that a lot of people from Tokyo visited here after their pilgrimage.