Osettai is the custom of giving support to henro pilgrims. Some people along the pilgrimage trail offer food, water and sometimes a place to stay overnight. This is always free of charge. Ascetics in Japan have long been given donations called ofuse by people wishing to be blessed by Buddha through their charitable actions. During the Edo period this kind of almsgiving service came to include common people along the Shikoku henro pilgrimage trail. Since then, it has become customary for the pilgrims on such serious distances and contributes to the help, support, comfort and sustenance for henro on the Shikoku pilgrimage.