Kaede, Yūbari, Hokkaido → Niniu, Shimukappu, Hokkaido

Map of Hokkaido with author’s route from Yūbari to Shimukappu highlighted. 🗺 Open map in GaiaGPS →

Several melonkuma, or melon-bears, cartoon melon with the head of a bear, on a white wall. 🍈🍈🍈🐻🍈 Kaede, Yūbari, Hokkaido

A woman selling melons looks at a crate labelled “Yūbari Melon”.

Closeup of the melons in the crate.

Closeup of one of the melons cut in half, showing its bright orange flesh. 📍 Noborikawa, Yūbari, Hokkaido

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.