These Walking Dreams: Day 17 (April 29, 2017)

Shiiba, Miyazaki

Map of Kyushu with the route of These Walking Dreams highlighted. Maps Β© Thunderforest, Data Β© OpenStreetMap πŸ—Ί Open map in GaiaGPS ⇝


Flowering cherry tree at the Upper Shiiba Dam, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Red bridge at the Upper Shiiba Dam, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Red bridge at the Upper Shiiba Dam, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Abandoned porn magazine at the Upper Shiiba Dam, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

View of the the Upper Shiiba Dam, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz πŸ“ Upper Shiiba Dam, Miyazaki


Motorcyclists near Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Homemade exercise gear in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Small excavator inShiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Tea garden in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz πŸ“ Shiiba, Miyazaki


The shrine at Yamura Cedar, Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

The shrine at Yamura Cedar, Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

The author by the Yamura Cedar, Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz πŸ“ Yamura Cedar, Shiiba, Miyazaki

In the inner valleys of Shiiba, where some of the Heike are said to have scattered, is a small grove of cedars, and towering above them is Yamura Cedar. It is of such a vastly different size and timescale than a human that it’s hard to think of it as a creature with a finite lifespan. It is a gentle god, its bark smooth and soft, its canopy scatters the harsh Kyushu sun, and it will probably stand there forever.


The author by a manhole cover with the crest of the Taira clan, Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Forest beyond Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz πŸ“ Shiiba, Miyazaki


Branches of the Ōkubo Cypress, Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

The Ōkubo Cypress, Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Branches of the Ōkubo Cypress, Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz πŸ“ Ōkubo Cypress, Shiiba, Miyazaki


Tenkara fishermen in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Man holding fresh greens in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Man holding fresh greens in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Fresh greens and mushrooms in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Tenkara fishermen in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Tenkara fisherman cooking dinner in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Grilled trout in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

The author with tenkara fishermen in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz πŸ“ Shiiba, Miyazaki

For two days, as I walked between towering cliffsides, along clear mountain streams, and among kaleidoscopes of wildflowers, I had a powerful feeling of being back in Kurdistan, where I had walked the year before. And when I met a group of tenkara fishermen from Ōita β€” who invited me for a four-hour picnic of tempura-fried mountain herbs, grilled shiitake mushrooms, freshly caught trout, and wild boar belly β€” and went to bed in their log cabin, the feeling was complete.


Flies used by tenkara fishermen in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Artificial fly used by tenkara fishermen in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Landing net used by tenkara fishermen in Shiiba, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz πŸ“ Shiiba, Miyazaki

The landing nets used by the tenkara fishermen are objects of stunning beauty.

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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.