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Japan comes to Molinaseca

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Doing a search for another thread, I found these links about a beautiful carving done in the traditional Japanese way into the wood of a living tree near the albergue in Molinaseca:
It was offered to commemorate of the linkage between the pilgrimage routes in Japan and the Camino de Santiago; an image of Kannon (Kwan Yin in Chinese/Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit/Chenrezig in Tibetan). A number of the temples on the Shikoku pilgrimage are dedicated to Kannon, a being of infinite compassion in the face of all the suffering of the world. The lotus in the carving represents purity, and the right hand is extended outward in a gesture of fearlessness, as a blessing offering protection, peace, benevolence and dispelling of fear.

To say I am sorry to have missed this goes without saying!
The first time on the Frances the carving had not yet been done, and the second time I was in an incurious head down mode, on my way to meet a friend in Ponferrada, at that point just wanting to get off my feet after walking from Rabinal - but more because I simply wasn't aware of it. I certainly would have paused if I had known it was there.
Now I do, and now you do!
Next time...whenever that is...
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VNwalking thanks for these great descriptions For those who would like to see this beautiful carving the actual street address is Calle Era, 11, 24413 Molinaseca, León

At least all of us can enjoy your reportage as we continue to dream of better times to come.
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Also in Molinaseca - obvious connection!

€2,-/day will present your project to thousands of visitors each day. All interested in the Camino de Santiago.
Geeze. I missed that too.
But on the first day of the nearby Invierno I noticed this:


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VN. Must have had some traffic as you’ll see 3 yellow Camino arrows on the left!
The 2024 Camino guides will be coming out little by little. Here is a collection of the ones that are out so far.
The focus is on reducing the risk of failure through being well prepared. 2nd ed.
It has evolved quite beautifully these last 10 years! I happened to stay at the albergue in 2014 when the artist was working at it. Here it is as a work in progress.


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The first edition came out in 2003 and has become the go-to-guide for many pilgrims over the years. It is shipping with a Pilgrim Passport (Credential) from the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

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