About me

Hello, I am Kuri.

Because it is easier to pronounce than Christian, my Japanese mother-in-law calls me Kuri-chan.
Christian is my real name.
Kuri is what I call myself here on my website.
Together with my wife, I have been living in Munich for 25 years. In spring and summer, I go hiking in the German Alps as often as possible.

And every one or two years I visit Japan. The first time I was in Japan was in 1989.
To Shikoku, I traveled for the first time in 2018.

I walked the Shikoku pilgrimage  in March and April 2018 and in October and November 2019. In 2018, I started in Kōchi at Temple 31 Chikurinji and stopped at Temple 84 Yashimaji. In the fall of 2019, I hiked from Temple 85 Yakuriji to Temple 31 Chikurinji.

In March 2023, I walked from Temple 30 Zenrakuji in Kōchi City to Temple 64 Maegamiji in Saijō (Ehime Prefecture).

Impressions from my pilgrimage

Why I am writing here

About the Shikoku pilgrimage, I first heard and read a few years before my pilgrimage in the spring of 2018.
At that time, I found little information about the pilgrimage trail in German. And therefore, after my pilgrimage, I published this website in German and then added the English version.

Culture and nature, land and people on Shikoku have inspired me.
I would like to share this enthusiasm here.
And to encourage people to make their way to Shikoku. Even if they don’t speak Japanese. And are not trained hikers.

If I can inspire you to make your way to Shikoku, I will be happy.

What you will find here

Culture and nature, country and people of Shikoku have inspired me during my pilgrimage. 
I would like to share this enthusiasm.
And encourage you to walk the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Even if you don’t speak Japanese. Even if you are not a trained hiker.

If I can inspire you to make your way to Shikoku, I will be glad.

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Would you like to go on a Shikoku pilgrimage? Do you like my website? Then I’m happy to hear from you.
Feel free to give me tips on what could be added or improved on the website.

I look forward to your feedback.

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