Ujiie, Tochigi β†’ Nakagawa, Tochigi

Map of Tochigi with author’s route from Ujiie to Nakagawa highlighted. πŸ—Ί Open map in GaiaGPS β†’

A manhole cover shows two frogs sheltering from the rain under big leaves.

Farmhouses next to fields on an overcast day.

A statue of a guardian wearing a cape and a hat stands in front of a brilliant green rice field.

A family eats dinner in a countryside restaurant, next to a picture showing the center of Budapest painted from memory. πŸ“ Sakura, Tochigi

[…] At a restaurant between the fields, I battled a mountain of pork belly on a snow peak of rice, under a dreamy picture of Budapest glowing in the summer twilight.

Bunches of grapes hang from the vine, most of them packaged in paper.

The rear of a Honda NSX, looking out on the street from behind its rear wing.

A NSX, very dusty and partly overgrown with weeds, stands in a garage at night. πŸ“ Nakagawa, Tochigi

The Honda NSX changed what a supercar should be. It turned Ferrari into what it is today, it served as a signpost for Gordon Murray as he designed the McLaren F1, and in the way it goes around corners, Ayrton Senna lives on, particularly when driven in white socks and loafers. It stood parked in front of an empty house, abandoned, under a thick blanket of dust, waiting.

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.