⛩ Nikkō, Tochigi → Ujiie, Tochigi

Map of Tochigi with author’s route from Nikkō to Ujiie highlighted. 🗺 Open map in GaiaGPS →

Cedars line a path in a small town.

Blue hydrangea in bloom.

A very small tree frog sits on the author’s left thumb. 📍 Cedar Avenue of Nikkō, Tochigi

A vending machine with cans of coffee leaning this way and that behind the glass.

A large cube made of crushed coffee cans at a recycling plant.

Two lime green first generation Honda Insight hybrid cars in a parking lot. 📍 Utsunomiya, Tochigi

An enormous bowl of miso ramen makes a pair of chopsticks look like a child’s toy.

A man in a blue t-shirt sits at a counter and eats a similar bowl of ramen. 📍 Utsunomiya, Tochigi

The land opened up and became hotter and dustier with each step, and the portions of food served for lunch grew with the landscape. The washbowls of ramen and the mountains of meat, sized for day-long agricultural work performed almost entirely with machines now, were eaten by pleasantly overfed people with shiny pink skin. […]

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.