I bring this up in my Matsuyama interlude because I went to - you guessed it - more temples in Matsuyama (and - guess what?!? - there will be one more in Hiroshima. Don't shoot me). I had a really good reason for visiting so many temples and shrines. Of course there was the pilgrimage and the fact that spiritual seeking is one of my things, but there was a little more to it than that this time.
I was hunting dragons.
Now, if I wasn't dragon hunting, temple hopping might get a little boring. If, you know, I wasn't me and digging the atmosphere and taking shit tons of photos. But because I had something to find, it made me take a closer look, really noticing what was in each shrine and temple. So the moral of the story is that if someone you love is annoying the everloving crap out of you by dragging you to five bazillion things that - as far as you're concerned - are completely and totally indistinguishable, try and find something to look for. Make a game out of it.
Or else you could ditch them. I mean, either short-term or long-term - up to you. One of my favorite things about being single is not having to pretend to be interested in other people's stuff, and this includes traveling, although I guess the argument could be made that you miss out on opportunities. Really, the ideal travel buddies the ones that you can confidently leave to do their own thing at times - I pretty much refuse to go anywhere with someone who doesn't meet this qualification.
Speaking of Japan's greatest writer (according to some...) I coincidentally started my first Natsume Soseki book in Matsuyama - I Am a Cat, although I realize (now) it should have been Botchan if we work on the same principle that led me to re-read Kafka on the Shore this trip. It's interesting, but so far my vote is still for Haruki Murakami. I'm sure that will come as a surprise to nobody who both a.) has read any of his books, and b.) knows me.