These Walking Dreams: Day 8 (April 20, 2017)

Sata, Kagoshima โ†’ ๐Ÿ“ Cape Sata โ†’ Satakori, Kagoshima

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The author reflected in a memorial of the 31st parallel north. Photo: Peter Orosz ๐Ÿ“ The 31st Parallel North at Cape Sata, Kagoshima


The view south from Cape Sata. Photo: Peter Orosz ๐Ÿ“ Cape Sata, Kagoshima

Two years ago, in a package sent from Phnom Penh by my friend Gergล‘ Plankรณ, I received a copy of The Roads to Sata, the story of Alan Boothโ€™s 1977 walk from the northernmost tip of the Japanese mainland, Cape Sลya, to here, the lighthouse at Cape Sata. Moments after I arrived, a small and haggard wild boar popped out of the jungle, glanced at me, then disappered down the vertical hillside with a grunt. I sat for an hour, looking out over the Pacific, the ferries from Kagoshima riding the waves to the south, the mountains of Yakushima emerging from the mist, then I turned around to retrace Boothโ€™s steps to Cape Sลya.


Animal trap at Cape Sata. Photo: Peter Orosz

A view of Mount Kaimon from Cape Sata. Photo: Peter Orosz

Flowering cycad at Cape Sata. Photo: Peter Orosz

Coins at a shrine at Cape Sata. Photo: Peter Orosz ๐Ÿ“ Cape Sata, Kagoshima

Coins left for the gods of the jungle and the sea, melting away in the humid, salty air at the first shrine on the road from Cape Sata. On the path there, for a single moment, I caught a last glimpse of Mount Kaimon.


Abandoned house in the jungle in Satamagome, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Dolls in the jungle overlooking Satakori, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Looking out over the hills at Satamagome, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz ๐Ÿ“ Satakori, Kagoshima

Like in Nagoro, the village on Shikoku which became famous for its dolls representing the departed and the dead thanks to Fritz Schumannโ€™s documentary short The Valley of Dolls, a couple looks out over Satakori and beyond, at the grey Pacific. Three villages further up the remote south coast of the ลŒsumi Peninsula, I escaped into an empty house from the rain and lay on the tatami mats for 14 hours. It rained all night, the ocean winds throwing gusts of spray against my windows.


Man fishing in a bay in Satakori, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Rusting container in Satakori, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Closeup of sign saying ๆฑไบฌ in Satakori, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

View from empty community center in Satakori, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz ๐Ÿ“ Satakori, Kagoshima

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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.