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Published on Sep 16, 2008
'Between Two Worlds: A Japanese Pilgrimage' was created by the American documentary makers, Joanne Hershfield and Susan Caperna Lloyd.
In 1992 the two film makers headed out to the Japanese island of Shikoku just off the south coast of the main island to document an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage known as the Shikoku Buddhist pilgrimage follows the path of enlightenment for Kobo Daish, a local Bodhisattva. In doing so pilgrims visit 88 temples and shrines located around the island, which can take up to two months to complete by foot.
The film makers looked to document the modern pilgrimage, the pilgrims reason for participating in the journey and what they hoped to receive from the journey. Joanne and Susan also observe the effects of modern Japanese society on the pilgrimage.