A local work to celebrate the 1200th anniversary of the 88-temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, Ohenro originally started as a newspaper column by ufotable, the anime studio which founded the anime event MACHI★ASOBI. Through the anime television adaptation's 44 episodes, three female pilgrims, Mao, Chiwa, and Megumi, take you on a journey to 88 temples across Shikoku, telling the stories behind each temple and their surroundings. With live action shots of the temples as backdrop and the casual dialogue of the three characters, this is an informative travel program that showcases the appeal of the pilgrimage to everyone.
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The 88-temple pilgrimage route covers 23 temples in Tokushima Prefecture, from Temple 1, Ryozenji, to Temple 23, Yakuoji. The entire pilgrimage route spans 1460km, and most pilgrims choose to visit the sites in sequence, beginning their journeys from Ryozenji, where they pray for a good start. Listed as one of the top 88 spots in Tokushima, Hyotan Island is nestled not in the sea, but in the middle of a river. Named for its gourd-like ("hyotan") appearance, the island is best viewed from a cruise (as pictured). For those hoping to see the famous Awa Dance, there are performances of the dance year-round at the Awaodori Kaikan Hall near the Tokushima Station.
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