My goal is to reach Cape Irizaki on Yonaguni, Okinawa, the westernmost point of Japan.
Current location: Nariwa, Okayama (December 1, 2023)
|2017||Kagoshima||April 13||Nemuro||August 21||~4,300 km|
|2022||Nemuro||August 22||Wakkanai||September 14||~640 km|
|2023||Wakkanai||September 15||TBD||TBD||~2,500 km →|
With the exception of ferries between islands, I will walk every step of the way on a route that will continue to be largely improvised.
First, I will walk back south-west to Kagoshima, where I started in 2017, but on a different route, then I will travel on along the Ryūkyū Islands until I reach the last island in the chain, Yonaguni.
I’m keeping a visual field diary from the walk on my Glass page:
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I began my walk on April 13, 2017, in Kagoshima, the southernmost big city in Japan. I walked due north-east for four months until August 21, 2017, when I reached Nemuro, Japan’s easternmost city.
These Walking Dreams is the visual field diary I kept from Kagoshima to Nemuro. It has more than 1,000 photos from this 4,300-kilometer walk through Japan, and an entry for most of its 131 days.
Five years later, on August 22, 2022, I walked on from Nemuro to Wakkanai, Japan’s northernmost city, reaching it on September 14, 2022.
Human Again is a series of three longer illustrated dispatches I wrote about this 640-kilometer walk along the shores of the Sea of Okhotsk.
On September 15, 2023, I walked on from Wakkanai to go back to Kagoshima, and from there to Yonaguni, Okinawa, the westernmost point of Japan. I should arrive around April 2024, one continuous calendar year after leaving Kagoshima in April 2017.
The Wilds of Shikoku is my book about a five hundred kilometer walk across Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, in January and February 2019. It was a separate journey from my walk around all of Japan. You can read the first chapter here.
It’s a slim, very large, beautifully produced picture book that also contains a removable watercolor map of Shikoku. The book is published in an edition of 500 hand-numbered, unbound, softcover copies, with hand-screened covers, and it is available for purchase in my shop.