The decision to have a rest day in Marugame (丸亀市) turned out to be a good once since it rained all day. I’ve been pushing myself to take advantage of the recent dry weather and I don’t think my body could have taken me far anyway.

Although I woke early as usual, for the first time I was able to turn over and go back to sleep. After getting up at 11am and having a much-needed shave, I consulted the guide book and worked out that I’ll probably reach temple 88 this Thursday 16th and make it back to temple 1 on Friday.

I’m planning on spending next weekend in Tokushima before returning to Koya-San on Monday. I don’t think the reality of this adventure ending is going to sink in for quite some time.

Contemporary sculptures at MIMOCA

Back in the present, I walked towards Marugame station through the empty streets to the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA), a surprising piece of architecture in an otherwise fading city.

Waterfall fountain at MIMOCA

The ‘station front’ museum, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi (谷口 吉生), features contemporary sculptures in primary colours as well as a huge waterfall foundation.

Lunch at MIMOCA

I had an excellent lunch of curry followed by cheesecake in the museum restaurant before viewing the permanent collection.

Genichiro Inokuma works at MIMOCA

Many of the paintings on display were of nameless faces arranged in a grid pattern on a white background. It reminded me of all the strangers who have been so kind to me in Shikoku so far.

Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art

Genichiro Inokuma was an abstract painter who grew up in Marugame and then spent time in France, where he was counselled by Matisse and got to know Picasso, as well as over 20 years in New York.

Afterwards, I bought some supplies at a nearby combini and wandered back to the hotel where I spend the afternoon reading a book on my iPad. What a luxury!

Ikkaku Marugame Chicken

I head out early evening to Ikkaku, a restaurant I’d been recommended, that specialises in tender grilled chicken cooked on the bone, eaten cave-man style. Delicious.

Tomorrow I hope to make it to Negoro-ji (根香寺 – 82) and sleep in an enclosed hut nearby.

Information

Distance walked: 7 km / 9,100 steps (rest day)
Temples visited: None
Overnight lodgings: APA Hotel (アパホテル) – Business Hotel

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Comments

  1. Julien says:

    Hey David, still reading every one of your updates 🙂 Hope you’re not dreading the return to a “normal” life… Enjoy the rest of of your trip!

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