Map of Japan with the route of โ€œThese Walking Dreamsโ€ highlighted. ๐Ÿ—บ My 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 doesnโ€™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 Darestaniโ€™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.