Xavier Magazine

Summer Walk

Last summer, senior marketing major Shigeki Tanabe walked a Christian pilgrimage from Le Puy, France, to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where the remains of Saint James the Great are rumored to be buried. “I heard about the pilgrimage from my host family in Germany while I was in high school,” Tanabe says. “I was also inspired by a family friend who did a Japanese pilgrimage. I was very curious about it. It is rare for Japanese people to do a pilgrimage.”

The Hyogo, Japan, native traveled the 950-mile journey from May to August. “Walking every day was hard, but I met so many different people that I would not have met in my usual life,” Tanabe says. “I also thought about things I usually don’t think about.”

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