These Walking Dreams: Day 82 (July 3, 2017)

🏙 Iwaki, Fukushima → Shioyazaki Lighthouse, Fukushima

Map of Fukushima with author’s route from Iwaki to Shioyazaki Lighthouse highlighted. 🗺 Open map in GaiaGPS ⇝


A road terminates in the sand.

A lighthouse casts a beam of light in the night sky.

Looking out over the Pacific Ocean at night.

A boy shoots a firecracker on a beach.

The author and two young boys pose for the camera.

A boy shoots fireworks on the beach.

Three young people light fireworks on the beach. 📍 Shioyazaki Lighthouse, Fukushima

The land flattened out, then it stopped being land, and a month after I had walked the sand of the Sea of Japan, the placid waters of the Pacific Ocean lapped against my bare feet. The night was warm and black, and I shot rockets into the sky with a group of giggling college students. Our barrage would soon be returned from Santa Cruz, California, the place where the 37th parallel reached land again: as our munitions grew low, the clock ticked over, and it was the Fourth of July.

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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.