In 1998 my dear friend Sally and her boyfriend Jim came to visit me and my wife Yumi here in Japan. Initially we were supposed to walk the South Japan Alps, but due to a huge landslide that took out … Continued
(Please click on the images to see them at their full size.) Some photos from an afternoon walk in the summer of 2012, out in Chiba Prefecture, from Togane to Naruto. It was as always a quiet, lonely walk… quite … Continued
The wind blows off Okutama reservoir, whistling through the bare lattices of the roadside trellis and bites at my cheeks. It is cold enough to bring tears to my eyes and I swing off my pack to pull out the … Continued
Please click on the images to enlarge them and see them closer to the way they were intended. When I lived in Naruto I would go on very long walks. One place that would bring me peace and make me … Continued
A different tack, back in the city, into the heart of gods and fate. I’m not sure how I would feel with all those strangers and tourists taking pictures of my wedding… Dusk fell and the gate guard began industriously … Continued
Two cabbage butterflies mating on a leaf beside the Noh River, August 07, 2006 In the heart of a big city like Tokyo the cliche says that nature exists as but an afterthought. For such hulking carbon-units as us humans … Continued
I can’t say why wild places draw me. The call originates somewhere out there where four walls end and the horizon catches the last light of the sun. It is something old and frightening, sets my heart drumming, and comes upon me when I am least guarded. I seek it again and again, as if expecting an answer to a question that was asked before I was born.