Kumano calls you when the time comes. It is not you that decides to visit Kumano Kodo.
I had not been invited for a long time, until an emergency call to my cell phone which told me to come right away to guide a group. The group was not so happy about the trip supported by a long experienced and intelligent guide. I was extremely exhausted right after a Nakasendo tour, another historical trail, of two weeks. However, I went to Kumano immediately with my whole guiding gear.
It was just an enjoyable walking tour after all for all of us. We talked and joked a lot on the way while walking. When the clients arrived at Kyoto after the pilgrimage tour, they were certain that they were reborn in Kumano Kodo as it has always been said. I also felt that my fatigue of the previous tour was entirely gone. Was this thanks to the Kumano Kodo?
The whole area, from Takijiri to Hongu shrine, then Shingu to Nachi shrine, is a natural mandala to show the balance of universe to all the visitors. The scenery, sound, wind and people show us the fundamental, simple meaning of life. We live to love.
A lady in the tour group asked me,
“Where is your happy smile coming from? What’s the secret?”
It must be Kumano magic that you too can also enjoy fully when you finally come here!