Towada, Aomori β†’ Noheji, Aomori

Map of Aomori prefecture with author’s route from Towada to Noheji highlighted. πŸ—Ί Open map in GaiaGPS β†’

Beyond a river and green rice fields, the Hakkōda Mountains rise in the distance.

Some sort of discarded appliance with two faded and crumpled pictures of old-fashioned celebrities stuck to it.

Two large bare-chested human figures made of straw, a man and a woman, stand by a tree.

A manhole cover shows two very beautiful horses.

πŸ“ Towada, Aomori

The window of a house features a line drawing of a person fishing with a net from a small boat.

Three 10 kg sacks of rice from neighboring Tsugaru in a shop.

A large, old-fashioned but new house at the end of a driveway. πŸ“ Shichinohe, Aomori

A light blue superexpress train, the Hokkaido Shinkansen, as seen from behind the fence of an overpass. πŸ“ Shichinohe, Aomori

For once the road crossed the Tōhoku Shinkansen on an overpass, and I waited. The train came from the north, from under the sea, and like all Shinkansen it appeared from nowhere and was gone in a second, but it was a long second, and I watched, the train lilac and green, the summer fields of Hokkaido. At night, I reached the bay, and I listened to the murmurs of its ripples, and scallop shells showed the way to the gate of the underworld.

A simple statue of a very large sumo wrestler in a front yard.

A manhole cover shows two very beautiful pheasants. πŸ“ Ishizaka, Aomori

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.