“The enemy,” Hitoshi said, “is in my heart.” His sword was in his indigo-dyed hands, and its blade slicing through the air was the only sound in the empty hall he fought in, bar the rustle of his dark kimono. A sentry on an escape pod, jettisoned by its mothership centuries ago, he has been the highest ranked practicioner of iaidō in Tokushima since his master’s death. He gave me a spare mekugi, the bamboo pin which anchors the blade to its handle. “It’s such a small and insignificant thing,” he said, “but it holds everything together.”
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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.