Join JASWDC for an intimate discussion and Q&A with John Lander, author of The Shikoku Pilgrimage – Japan’s Sacred Trail. Join this one-of-a-kind event to learn more about regional Japan.


December 9, 7-8PM ET

Non-Member: $5


The Shikoku Pilgrimage on the island of the same name is one of the few circular pilgrimages in the world. At 1,200 kilometers in length, the trail includes 88 temples and passes through diverse countryside such as idyllic bamboo groves, deserted beaches and ordinary Japanese neighborhoods. There is a long tradition of pilgrimage in Japan, dating back at least to the time of the renowned monk, poet and philosopher Kobo Daishi (775 – 825) who is particularly associated with this trail.

The pilgrimage is undertaken for many reasons – to have a time of reflection away from everyday life, as a spiritual journey or as a healing period after a traumatic life experience. Along the way, pilgrims will encounter ordinary Japanese people and learn to understand the custom of o-settai, or charitable giving.

John Lander, long-time resident of Japan, author and photographer, has visited and recorded every temple along the shikoku pilgrimage through vibrant photographs, and has a carefully studied understanding of the origin of the trail and what the pilgrimage means to the thousands who undertake it every year.

Join this one-of-a-kind seminar to learn more about regional Japan and discuss the Shikoku pilgrimage with John!

About John Lander

John Lander is a freelance photographer based near Kamakura, Japan. When he is not at home, he is often out and about on photographer assignments at local events, festivals, or indulging in his passion: Japanese gardens. Japan has been home for nearly 40 years. John’s photography has been featured in GEO, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Travel+Leisure, Rough Guides and many others.

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