Friday, May 18th, 2012, the fifth day of my Izumo 33 Kannon pilgrimage was yet another glorious spring day. Now I am off the relatively main road and my route will take me east through the inner Izumo area.
There is virtually no traffic, save the occasional postman on his moped or a farmer in his kei truck.
There won't be any villages until I come down into a river valley. Only scattered farms. This the the kind of country I love walking the most in Japan.
The paddies here are planted a week or two later than down in the lowlands....