Art & Design

Looking Back in Time at the Shikoku Pilgrimage

16 November 2018, London

Pilgrimage routes exist around the world and for centuries people have embarked on pilgrimages for religious training, self-reflection, or perhaps for an escape from their regular life. It is said that there are more than 200 pilgrimage routes in Japan, yet many have disappeared due to modernization and/or a lack of interest or upkeep. In recent years the Shikoku Pilgrimage – a 1,200 kilometre journey that circumambulates the island of Shikoku connected by eighty-eight temples and numerous other sacred sites – has been attracting more attention among people from around the world. Today there is a plethora of information available in English on how to best prepare for and to make this arduous, sacred journey, which is firmly connected to its “founder”, the Buddhist priest Kukai/Kobo Daishi. However, little is written in non-Japanese languages about the history, culture and stories of faith related to the Shikoku pilgrimage. In this talk, David Moreton will take everyone on a journey back in time to about 100 years ago to learn about the first Westerners who experienced this pilgrimage, faith-building and miraculous stories related to the Shikoku pilgrimage, and how this journey was promoted to the world so long ago.


During the drink reception there will be a performance by the Japanese music group Moon, Star and Sun.


Free but booking is essential at here

16 November 2018, 6:00pm - 7.00pm
Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13 - 14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP. Nearest tube: Baker Street

Tel:020 7486 4348

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation