Magun's Compass - Online Home of Nomadic Gatherings Travel Notes Nomadic Gatherings: Travels in Asia and Australia Nomadic Gatherings Michel Guntern (Author) 1. Taking Off - Pilgrimage to Nikko

My pilgrimage to Nikko was shrouded in mist.

From the Sacred Bridge a carefully constructed stone path cut its way up the hillside, bordered by a forest of towering Cryptomeria cedars.

The Toshogu Shrine, a mausoleum for Tokugawa Iegasu and his grandson Iemitsu, who orchestrated the original, is a baroque splendour that greatly impressed me.

As the tourists cleared away for the evening, man's solitary insignificance in such natural surroundings is apparent:

Tall trees and wide spaces,
Hovering mist, drizzle on faces;
Movement stills....
In meditational places.

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