These Walking Dreams: Day 38 (May 20, 2017)

Rest day in Tokushima City

Map of Tokushima Prefecture with route between Ishii and Tokushima City highlighted.

Two Japanese men dressed in hakama, Japanese martial arts clothes, train with Japanese swords on a parquet floor.

The same men perform a different training exercise.

One of the men stands alone, his sword drawn above his head. πŸ“ Komatsushima, Tokushima

β€œThe enemy,” Hitoshi said, β€œis 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. β€œIt’s such a small and insignificant thing,” he said, β€œbut 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.