About Me


Aaron Bell is a lifetime student, wanderer and pilgrim upon the road of life. His interest in the Shikoku Pilgrimage began while attending Whitman College from 2002-2006. As an Asian Studies major and with a focus on Japan, he attended the Associated Kyoto Program, spending eight months living and studying in Kyoto. Although Kyoto is an amazing place, he felt a strong draw toward Shikoku and the pilgrimage route. Luckily, he was able to visit the island several times and experience much of the country-side. On his first trip, he visited the main cities of all four prefectures traveling by local train from one to the other. While this trip gave a taste of each area of Shikoku as well as several of the pilgrimage temples, the experience of performing the pilgrimage was still unknown to him. Thus, he planned a second trip of five days and an anticipated 17 temples. In the end, he visited 19 temples. Upon returning to Whitman for his senior year, he began working on his senior thesis concerning the Shikoku Pilgrimage. He plans on returning to Shikoku in the Fall of 2006 to complete the pilgrimage during September and October.

This website is an attempt to make my experience available for anyone looking to learn about the pilgrimage and try to get a sense of the pilgrimage. Of course, the best way to experience it and to know it is to travel the trails yourself, but being a student attempting to perform research from the United States, I know that it can be extremely difficult. Thus, I hope my research and work can be useful. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.