🏙 Rest day in Tokushima City 🌃

Map of Tokushima City.

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. 📍 Komatsushima, Tokushima

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.”

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.