These Walking Dreams: Day 88 (July 9, 2017)

โ™จ๏ธ Zaล Hot Spring, Yamagata โ†’ ๐Ÿ™ Yamagata City โ†’ Tendล, Yamagata

Map of Yamagata prefecture with authorโ€™s route from Zaล Hot Spring to Tendล highlighted. ๐Ÿ—บ Open map in GaiaGPS โ‡


A road leads down towards a city in a valley, with a large, snow-capped mountain, Mount Gassan, on the horizon.

Unripe bunches of grapes hang from the vine in the sunshine.

A bright blue head of hydrangea in a forest.

๐Ÿ“ Zaล Hot Spring, Yamagata


On a wall, a cartoon alligator brushes its teeth while a small tortoise looks on.

On the same wall as above, a cartoon elephant wearing green trunks and an ophthalmologistโ€™s headlamp holds a blue mug and smiles at a small, worried ant.

An unhappy statue of a kingfisher by the side of a road. ๐Ÿ“ Yamagata City


Head-on view of a very black car, a Mitsubishi Diamante.

Side view of the car shows its customs wheels.

Closeup of a radically extended rear wheelarch.

Closeup of the left headlight.

Rear view of the car shows the license plate: 66-66. ๐Ÿ“ Yamagata City

The devil, as I have learned, is in Yamagata, and drives a Mitsubishi Diamante.


Heads of pink mallow in the evening light.

Mount Zaล in the evening light, as seen from a bridge across a stream in Yamagata City.

A red mailbox made out of a propane tank. ๐Ÿ“ Yamagata City

In a country not known for irregular mailboxes, there was an almost Balkans beauty to this one, crafted out of a propane tank, on the outskirts of Yamagata.

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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.