Monday, February 09, 2015

Run with Kobo Daishi Trail Race--May 6, 2015, Shiraishi Island #japan

On May 6, the last day of the Golden Week holidays in Japan, Shiraishi Island is holding the inaugural Run with Kobo Daishi 10k Trail Race (there will also be a 5k course) to raise money to maintain the Shiraishi Pilgrimage, a replica of the 88 Temple Shikoku Pilgrimage. The race, which will take place on a section of this ancient Buddhist pilgrimage route, hopes to raise enough money to maintain the entire 10 k trail and put up signage so tourists can enjoy this historical part of Japanese culture. The race is sponsored by the Moooo! Bar and the Shiraishi Island Tourism Association.

Entry details are here
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Or find us on the Running in Tokyo Website at
Race Homepage:
English sign-ups: After we receive your application, we will follow up with an invoice.
Japanese Sign-ups via Sports Entry:
Sports One:

Sign-up Deadline: April 20 (Monday)
Limit: 400 people
Prizes given to top 3 male and female runners
Technical support: (OECONEX)
Contact Juergen Wittstock:TEL 048-473-0898 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Autumn on the Shiraishi Pilgrimage...

Autumn is beautiful on the Shiraishi Island. Come on out and enjoy the autumn colors with the backdrop of the Seto Inland Sea! Enjoy a walk, or a run, on the Shiraishi Pilgrimage or on the many hiking courses available. For reservations at the international villa, contact shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Buddhist Festival Nov. 15, Shiraishi Island, #japan

Tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 15 is the annual Bussharito Festival on Shiraishi Island. The Bussharito, a Thai-style temple built to hold some of the ashes of the Buddha, is honored on this special day every year with a goma fire ceremony. The crypt in the basement of the structure is open only on this one day of the year. Everyone is welcome to attend to pass the juzu beads, chant and get purified.

For some reason I cannot get the YouTube video to load, so please click here to watch it on the YouTube Channel.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Meet Shiraishi Island's new character!

Recently the island held a contest to come up with an island character to use for promotional purposes. We had over 50 entries and many very professional ones. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! We had so many good entries, as a matter of fact, that rather than choosing just one, the island decided to create an amalgamation of all the ideas, which resulted in this seagull!

A few points to note: The straw hat represents that used in the Shiraishi Bon Dance, a designated national treasure in Japan. The overcoat has two blue spots in the shape of Shiraishi Island. At the bottom is shows waves of the Seto Inland Sea.

Hanging from the belt are fish and mulberries, two products the island is known for. The star is a "starfish" from the sea and the cat with the fish in it's mouth represents the many beautiful stray cats that grace our island--especially near the port!

 The hem of the kimono has a drawing of the Bussharito Buddhist stupa on the island, which is said to hold some of Buddha's ashes. Lastly, the seagull's sandals (Of course even birds wear sandals in Japan!) have crab pincers in the front.

We hope you enjoy our new character! We are now soliciting entries for a name, so if you have any ideas, please let us know by leaving a comment.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day trips from Shiraishi Island, #japan

We don't have much autumn color here on the island but October is an excellent time to get in some hiking, running, or just lazing on the deck of the Shiraishi International Villa. It's also a great season for bicycling and if you've ever had a yen to bicycle around some of the Inland Sea islands, now is a great time to do it. As a matter of fact, we recommend heading over to Kitagi Island next door for a day trip (see downloadable map at link location). Another great day trip, but for walking, is Manabe Island. Ferries leave every few hours.

 Bicycle path on Kitagi Island (about 20km around the island)

By using Shiraishi Island as a base, and doing day trips to surrounding islands, you can save money and time. We hope to see you this autumn at the Shiraishi International Villa!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Shiraishi Pilgrimage open for the trail running season!

The Shiraishi Pilgrimage autumn trail running season has started! We generally take a hiatus from cleaning the route over the summer since it's too hot to run it anyway, but after a successful weekend of trail cleaning, the route is now ready for a great Fall/Winter. Thanks to volunteers who came out to help clean the trail, now the first part of the pilgrimage path (through shrine No. 17) is open for hiking or running. Thank you everyone for a fun weekend: BBQ and keg on the beach, overnight at the International Villa and trail cleaning the next morning.

More clean-ups will follow, each time doing another section. Here are some photos of the trail. 

The beginning of the pilgrimage path. 

One of the shrines along the path.

For the history and some background on the pilgrimage, as well as detailed directions on the course, see the following blog entries:

Blog entry No. 2: Numbers 80-83
Blog entry No. 3: Myoken Shrine
Blog entry No. 4: Numbers 1-9

My next post will be detailed directions to No.s 10-17, the section we just cleared.
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