marja-leena – That island spot of yours does seem pretty special. I’m wary of misusing terms like “pilgrimage” and “sacred spot” – hence perhaps my inclusion of the plastic bottle in that video. But I visited Lourdes as a kid, and a number of pilgrimage spots in Japan, and I don’t recall any of them being especially pristine, either. It’s a different concept altogether from wilderness, a sort of separation from everyday life in which people are nonetheless an integral part.

taradharma – Sorry about that! You realize, of course, that I am a thorough-going ogre: for ecological reasons, I cheer on the deer hunters, too. Thanks for stopping by, though.