These Walking Dreams: Day 19 (May 1, 2017)

Takachiho, Miyazaki

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Cabbage on a Honda Beat in Takachiho, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Takachiho, Miyazaki

Cabbage drying on the engine cover of a Honda Beat, an impossibly cool kei roadster from the early 1990s. Many of them are still around and driven.


Drying corn in Takachiho, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Dilapidated house in Takachiho, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Schoolchildren in Takachiho, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Fallen petals and leaves in Takachiho, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Wooden statue of a cow playing on a guitar in Takachiho, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Takachiho, Miyazaki

Leaving cozy and beautiful Takachiho, I shared a bunch of bananas with a group of schoolboys who tagged along for a kilometer, dropping off as the road left the town and wound its way up the valley, towards the looming hulk of Mount Sobo.


Ricefields near in Takachiho, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Drying bamboo shoots in Takachiho, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz

Drying bamboo shoot in Takachiho, Miyazaki. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Takachiho, Miyazaki

Bamboo shoots drying in the late afternoon sun. They are heavenly when fried in tempura batter or served in nishime, a stew of roots and mountain vegetables.

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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.