I’m going on a walk. On September 15, I will leave Wakkanai, Hokkaido, for the third and final stage of my walk around all of Japan, a journey I started in 2017 and continued in 2022. Come and join me on my longest walk ever, which you can also support if you become a member of Walk Forever Club, my new membership program.
Greetings! Peter Orosz here and you’re reading an email from the I 💜 Wasting Ink Mailing List. If you were forwarded this email, you can subscribe here.
I’ve been going on long walks since 2015. Many of them have been in Japan, including the longest one so far, when I walked from the south-western end of the country to its easternmost point in 2017, a journey of some 4,300 kilometers. Last year, I continued from the same spot and walked on to Wakkanai, Japan’s northernmost city. Yes, maps.
In September, I’m going back to Wakkanai to attempt a walk around all of Japan: back on a different route to Kagoshima, the city in the south-west I had walked out of in April 2017, then along the Ryūkyū Islands that stretch in a long arc from Kagoshima to Taiwan. The last island is called Yonaguni. That’s my spot on the horizon. It’s the very end of Japan, closer to Taiwan than to the nearest Japanese convenience store, a place with its very own writing system and its own breed of horse. I was recently told by Mark Rosa, an American linguist who has studied Yonaguni for decades, that the horses are wild and on the small side.
He appears to be right, but I want to see for myself. I expect to get to Yonaguni around April 2024, one calendar year after leaving Kagoshima. Regardless of whether I make it or not, this will be my last long walk in Japan.
I will keep a visual field diary on Mastodon. Two to three text posts a day, complete with pictures, maps, and videos. Similar to the diaries I kept on Instagram during previous journeys. You can follow here:
If you don’t use Mastodon, or you have no idea what it is, just bookmark the link and you can read my posts in your web browser.
I will be posting the best photos from the walk on Glass:
If you don’t use Glass, which is a members-only photography website that you have to pay for, you can also bookmark the link and refresh it in your browser when you want to catch up on my latest photos.
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