These Walking Dreams: Day 9 (April 21, 2017)

Satakori, Kagoshima → Kanoya, Kagoshima

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Moth on a vending machine in Satakori, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Satakori, Kagoshima

At dawn after a rainy night, a moth warms itself on a vending machine.


Road sign pointing to Cape Sata in Satakori, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Man pointing at map of Minamiōsumi Town in Satakori, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Excuse me,” the man said as he walked out of a shed, but Minamiōsumi Town looks like a dog.” He was holding a copy of a tourist map. If you looked at the outline of Minamiōsumi Town — a bureaucratic construct joining the remote villages of the southern Ōsumi Peninsula — with the East Asian penchant for zoomorphic associations, it did kind of look like a happy, shaggy dog. And it’s jumping at Wales!” he added. My brother, who had lived in Kagoshima for four years until recently, happened to be in Wales at this moment.

Sautéed livers, baked sweet potatoes, and Coke in Satakori, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Satakori, Kagoshima

Beyond the rice paddies, the Pacific glinted under grey skies. Satakori’s shopkeeper was then alerted to the presence of the gaijin-san, who was served a breakfast of sautéed chicken livers and hearts, baked Kagoshima sweet potatoes, and Coke. Fueled by this manic concoction, the gaijin-san walked straight out of Minamiōsumi Town and into Kanoya, some 50 kilometers away, in the general direction of Wales.


Route 68 in the mist in Sataizashiki, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

House in the mist in Sataizashiki, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Sataizashiki, Kagoshima

Across the mountain range spanning the southern breadth of the Ōsumi Peninsula I walked into the clouds, then out of the clouds, and when I could see again this house appeared, with the soft contours of a classical landscape painting, its hedges of azaleas glowing in the mist.


Freshly planted ricefields in Tashiro, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Overgrown traffic light in Tashiro, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Tashiro, Kagoshima


Forested gorge in Shiromoto, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Cherry tree in bloom in Shiromoto, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Shiromoto, 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.