These Walking Dreams: Day 1 (April 13, 2017)

πŸ™ Kagoshima City β†’ Kawanabe, Kagoshima

Map of Kagoshima Prefecture with author’s route between Kagoshima City and Kawanabe highlighted. πŸ—Ί Open map in GaiaGPS ⇝


Posters of a man with text reading: Are you ready to laugh? πŸ“ Kagoshima University Shimoarata Campus, Kagoshima City

I am.


Ginkgo trees with fresh leaves against a pale blue sky. πŸ“ Kagoshima University Korimoto Campus, Kagoshima City


A strangely chaotic house on a street corner. πŸ“ Toso, Kagoshima City


A woman holds the hand of a child on a street lined with blooming cherry trees. πŸ“ Murasakibaru, Kagoshima City


A Hummer H1 parked in a tight spot.

Another angle of the Hummer shows the huge car barely fitting in its parking space. πŸ“ Sakuragaoka, Kagoshima City

The Japanese love for small boxy vehicles expressed with a large boxy vehicle.


An old bicycle thrown into a river.

Looking down a river with a volcano on the horizon, Sakurajima. πŸ“ Nagata River, Kagoshima City


Four pairs of shoes on the porch of a house. πŸ“ West Taniyama, Kagoshima City


An old man sits in a wheelchair in a park under cherry blossoms. πŸ“ Taniyama Daiichi Central Park, Kagoshima City


Portrait of a Buddha statue with a growth of lichen across its forehead and left eye. πŸ“ Jigenji Park, Kagoshima City

The Buddha as Ziggy Stardust at the wonderful, 🌸-speckled gorge of Jigenji Park, where I walked out of Kagoshima and into the mountains.


A man washes his minivan in front of a garage with the volcano Sakurajima painted on its door. πŸ“ Sakanoue, Kagoshima City


A panorama of green hills, Kagoshima City, and Sakurajima.

πŸ“ Hirakawa, Kagoshima City

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These Walking Dreams is a visual field diary of a 4,300-kilometer walk from one end of Japan to the other, in the spring and summer of 2017.