These Walking Dreams: Day 18 (April 30, 2017)

Shiiba, Miyazaki → Takachiho, Miyazaki

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


In the Kunimi Tunnel between Shiiba and Gokase, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Kunimi Tunnel, Shiiba→Gokase, Miyazaki


Sign of kingfisher in Gokase, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Tree stump in Gokase, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Mushrooms in Gokase, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Chestnuts in Gokase, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Empty garage in Gokase, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Buddhist temple in Gokase, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Detail of Buddhist temple in Gokase, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Gokase, Miyazaki


Overview of Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Paddle boat in Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Photographers in Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Manhole cover with image of Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki

In the gorge of Takachiho, a narrow canyon formed by a lava flow of nearby Mount Aso, I saw girls wearing city clothes for the first time in two weeks. They paddled clumsily with boys wearing city clothes, bumping into the basalt pillars, looking at nothing but themselves on screens. And why wouldn’t they? They were beautiful, and the gorge was nothing but mute black rock, its waters swirling like indigo.


Bamboo shoots in Takachiho, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Takachiho, Miyazaki

Bamboo is growing by the day as I walk north. When I landed on the shores of the Ōsumi Peninsula, in distant Kagoshima, they were ham-sized chunks pushing up through the undergrowth. Almost two weeks later, they have grown into sleek black pinnacles, glowing in the afternoon sun on the outskirts of Takachiho.

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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.