The Shikoku Pilgrimage on the island of the same name is one of the few circular pilgrimages in the world. At 1,200 kilometers in length, the trail includes 88 temples and passes through diverse countryside such as idyllic bamboo groves, deserted beaches and ordinary Japanese neighborhoods. John Lander, long-time resident of Japan, author and photographer, has visited and recorded every temple in evocative images, providing fascinating details about the origin of the trail and what the pilgrimage means to the thousands who undertake it every year. He will give a visually stunning and informative presentation about Japan’s sacred trail as highlighted in his newest publication. Joining him in conversation will be Jeffrey Dym, Professor of History at Sacramento State University.
About the Author
John Lander is a freelance photographer based near Kamakura, Japan. When he is not at home, he is often out and about on photography assignments at local events, festivals or indulging in his top of passion: Japanese gardens. Japan has been home for nearly 40 years. John’s photography has been featured in GEO, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Travel+Leisure, Rough Guides and many others. Please visit John’s Amazon Author page for more information: www.bit.ly/johnlander
About the Facilitator
Jeffrey Dym is a Professor of History at Sacramento State University who specializes in Japanese History. For over 10 years he has been turning his research into documentary films. He has made several documentaries including: Noh Masks: The Spirit of Noh Theatre and Flowers on the Stage: Noh Costumes. He also has a deep love for the Shikoku 88 Temple pilgrimage. He has gone around the pilgrimage 4 times and cannot wait to get back to Japan to visit the temples again. Learn more about Professor Dym: http://www.csus.edu/
Special thanks to the Japan Society of Northern California for supporting this event as marketing partners. Donations are greatly appreciated and will support programs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.