Map of Japan with the route of “These Walking Dreams” highlighted. 🗺 The author’s route across Japan, from south-west to north-east

The author with his head shaved bald, on the first day of his walk across Japan.

The author with a full head of hair, on the last day of his walk.

The author and Gabor smile into the camera on the last afternoon of their walk together.

I often referred to the subject of this diary as walking the length of Japan, even though Japan doesn’t have a length. Unlike my hair, which now does: in the 131 days it took me to walk 4,300 kilometers from my friend Sahar Ghavidel Darestani’s house in Kagoshima to the platform of Nemuro Station in Hokkaido, it grew seven centimeters.

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.