Several racist stickers have been found posted at 13 locations along a famous pilgrimage route in three prefectures in Shikoku.
The first sticker was noticed in late March at a rest place along the 88 Temple Pilgrimage route in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, NHK reported. On Wednesday, more racist posters were spotted along the route in Yoshinogawa and Awa in Tokushima Prefecture, as well as at one site in Ehime Prefecture.
The 1,200-kilometer-long 88 Temple Pilgrimage (Shikoku Henro) is Japan's most famous pilgrimage route and draws many pilgrims on foot, cars, buses or bicycles. The pilgrimage has a history of 1,200 years.
Last year, a 38-year-old Korean woman, Choi Sang Hee, was chosen as the first foreign guide for pilgrims. To help foreign tourists not get lost, she recommended posting stickers giving directions along the route and got the OK to do so.
One of the racist posters said "Please protect our sacred sites from rude Koreans who are posting vile evil stickers and spoiling the route." Police said it was signed by a group claiming to be in charge of protecting Japan's pilgrimage routes.
A spokesman for the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Association said discrimination cannot be tolerated and asked whoever was posting the racist messages to stop, NHK reported.© Japan Today