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.
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).