imperial route

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1619 Kumano Kodo … Nakahechi route (aka the Imperial Route)
The Kumano Kodo or “ancient road” is one of Japan’s most gorgeous pilgrims routes … it’s by the way not just one pilgrimage. The Kumano Kodo is a collection of five routes all through the Kii Peninsula.

Kii Peninsula

Kii Peninsula

climbing the mountain
together with the smiling Buddha
embraced by nature

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

The Kumano Kodō is actually not one route but a network of trails through the deeply forested mountains, with no official start and end point and no prescribed order for approaching a hike. There are moderate to strenuous hiking options lasting a few hours to several days, taking in some of Japan’s top ‘power spots’ – temples, forests and waterfalls thought to enrich the soul.

Historically, pilgrims would visit the Kumano Sanzan – the three grand shrines of Kumano – which are the cornerstones of the Nakahechi route (aka the Imperial Route), the most action-packed route through the region.

five sacred routes
in praise of nature’s spirits
Kumano Kodo

© Chèvrefeuille

thin mountain air
surrounds this old mountain cabin –
I hear the stream

© Chèvrefeuille

Here is my attempt:

we climb through lush green
breathing in mountain air
feel mist of waterfalls

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I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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