Walking the Kisoji – Returning to Ōkuwa
I revisited the small village of Ōkuwa on the Kisoji/Nakasendo earlier this month. I last walked in the area in 2020, but this time, instead of sticking to a defined route, I decided to pick a small section and wander, giving myself the freedom to explore.
Nakasendo – Nihonrain Imawatari to Unuma
It’s the routine that kills you. Knowing what’s coming when you step out of the front door. I know what’s down the road and I don’t want to walk it.
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.
Nakasendō – Walking Takenami to Mitake
The original plan was to walk to Mitake with my daughter, but with the route covering more than 20 kilometres, as well as moderate spring summer heat meant I chose instead to walk solo and meet up with her and my wife at a friend’s house for a wonderful sansai (山菜) lunch.
Everyone loves a good gear post and as I find myself waiting patiently for the Rapid Express to Takenami station (武並) I thought I’d break down what I’m carrying with me on my Nakasendō walk from Takenami to Mitake (御嵩町) today.
Nakasendō – Walking Nakatsugawa to Takenami
With the Kiso-ji section of the Nakasendō coming to an end on my last walk I needed to decide on a plan to continue. Either turn around and start again heading northeast back along the Kiso-ji again (but why so soon?) or continue walking west along the Nakasendō.
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.