On Being a Photographer and Walking the Kisoji
I’ve been thinking about my past walks along the Kiso-ji recently and how despite walking numerous times over the course of a year never really felt completely satisfied with what I was doing and photographing.
Film Nostalgia on the Kisoji
Every now and then I get pangs of nostalgia, pull out the Leica M6, and shoot a roll or two of film. Anyone that has shot film before knows that it slows you down, forces you to think before pressing the shutter
Nakasendō/Kisoji – Walking Nagiso to Nakatsugawa
It took me a year, but the Kiso-ji section of the Nakasendō from Shiojiri to Nakatsugawa is now complete. Pre-baby-toddler daughter and I would have finished it much sooner, but I quite enjoyed stretching it out over a year – it meant I got to see the Kiso Valley in all seasons.
Nakasendō/Kisoji – Walking Suhara to Nagiso
Getting back on the Nakasendō felt good. A few months ago I ended a hot and humid day of walking at Suhara station in Nagano and promised myself I’d take a break from the walk as the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer set in.
Nakasendō/Kisoji – Walking Agematsu to Suhara
This stretch was a mixed bag of wonderful Nakasendō/Kiso-ji (中山道・木曽路) backroads and the monstrous national R19, with truck after truck whizzing past.
Nakasendō/Kisoji – Walking Yabuhara to Kiso Fukushima
This was one of the quieter stretches of the Nakasendo/Kiso-ji so far — a ‘get it done’ section. In autumn last year I walked from Kiso Fukushima to Agematsu, and by reaching Kiso Fukushima this time have now walked from Shiojiri to Agematsu.
Nakasendō/Kisoji – Walking Niekawa to Yabuhara
Another walk on the Nakasendō/Kiso-ji. Starting at Niekawa Station (where I finished last time) I passed through Kiso-Hirasawa (木曽平沢), Narai (奈良井), and then over the Torii Pass (鳥居峠) to Yabuhara (藪原).
Nakasendō/Kisoji – Magome and Tsumago
Magome (馬籠) and Tsumago (妻籠) — possibly the two most popular villages on the Nakasendō (中山道). My first visit was way back in 2000 if memory serves me well and I’ve been back on numerous occasions ever since.