The field of Shikoku Pilgrimage books is increasing! Two books have just been published recently both by women: one by a woman who suddenly lost her job in the late 90's and ran the pilgrimage rout and the other a translation from Japanese by a woman who made the pilgrimage in 1918.
"Running the Shikoku Pilgrimage" is an account of a Amy Chavez's 1998 solo pilgrimage running the 900-mile Shikoku Buddhist pilgrimage. Amy Chavez suddenly looses her job and is left wondering what to do next. She confides in her friend, a Buddhist priest, who encourages her to seek enlightenment on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Amy visits all 88 temples in five weeks, running almost a Marathon a day.
The second book, The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue is a translation from Japanese of Takamure Itsue's 1918 Shikoku pilgrimage. She starts off by herself but is joined early on by an elderly man insists that he accompany her because he thinks she is an attendant of Kanzeon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. This book is her account of their extraordinary experiences during the five month journey.