TALES OF A SUMMER HENRO

by Craig McLachlan

『TALES OF A SUMMER HENRO(夏遍路)』
CRAIG McLACHLAN 著 定価(本体1300円+税)
ISBN4-89684-257-X
1995年の真夏,クレイグは,白衣に菅笠(すげがさ)をかぶり,金剛杖をついて,長い巡礼の道のりをひたすら歩いた。四国遍路とは,四国にある弘法大師ゆかりの霊場をめぐる旅である。巡礼者は徳島県阿波の霊山寺(りょうぜんじ)から,香川県讃岐の大窪寺(おおくぼじ)まで,合計88カ所の札所を巡礼する。健脚の人でもゆうに2カ月はかかるといわれているこの旅を,彼は40日で歩き通した。本書は,その40日間の巡礼の旅を綴った記録である。

TALES OF A SUMMER HENRO
1300 yen (Tax excluded) ISBN4-89684-257-X

Pilgrims, or henro as they are known in Japanese, have been walking clockwise around Shikoku, Japan's fourth largest island, for well over one thousand years. They follow in the footsteps of the great Buddhist saint Kobodaishi, searching for the ever elusive enlightenment that he found there. They visit the 88 sacred temples, and in overcoming the hardships of the journey they become better for it. Or so the theory goes! Nowadays nearly all henro travel in cars, taxis or buses, and physical hardship doesn't come into it! I was a henro in the sweltering summer of 1995 and this book contains the tales of my journey.
CRAIG McLACHLAN


Four Pairs of Boots

by Craig McLachlan

九州の最南端の佐多岬から北海道の宗谷岬まで3,200キロの道のりを,99日かけて歩いた旅。ニュージーランドからやって来た著者が,4足の靴をはき潰して見た「日本の姿」は?

新書判 286 ページ 定価(本体1301円+税) ISBN-89684-253-7

A New Zealander walks the length of Japan -- Kyushu to Hokkaido -- in search of the "real" Japan.

110 x 177 mm, 286pp. \1301(Tax excluded) ISBN-89684-253-7

From the back cover:
Japan is a fascinating country! 125 million people in a country only slightly larger than New Zealand, and just as mountainous. We've all seen the TV footage -- cramped housing, industrial haze and crowded trains -- but what about the "real Japan"? Spectacular mountains, twisting rivers, hidden harbours and rugged coastlines. This is the story of my 99 day walk from one end to the other in seach of the "real Japan".
1993 -- What a year to do it! The year of the endless rainy season. The year without a summer. The year of earthquakes, tidal waves and typhoons -- and sore feet!
CRAIG McLACHLAN