(On Shikoku Island)
Enjoyed slurping some Sanuki Udon (delicious thick noodles), and then went to meet
with a local group of tellers, sharing stories and laughter. After that, we went to
the 84th of the 88 temples on the pilgrimage trail of the Sage Kobo Daishi. Next, we passed
stones of various sizes, shaped and unshaped, walked past greens of all kinds,
to the tiled roof home of Yoshidasan, a talented stone sculptor. There looking out
into the garden rich in sculptures, was a bunko home library. Books lined the walls and
colored streamers crossed the room, with swings outside: a child’s dream place.
Yoshidasan, who runs it, had an interesting story. At the age of four, his son became
autistic, while his grandmother was suffering from Alzheimer’s. So Yoshidasan left his job
as a high school teacher to be a house husband and care for his son and grandmother.
Thanks to his kind care, she died after peacefully after a while. And now, five years later,
the boy is better, the wife teaches still, and the husband runs a beautiful bunko!