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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 a relief from the work earlier in the day, and the crowds of Tokyo.

2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Train Crossing
Country road leading to a train crossing, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Unripe Ume
Unripe Japanese prunes getting close to getting ready to pick, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Gingko Leaves
Gingko leaves sprouting from a pruned tree, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Farmer Woman Hoeing
Farmer woman hoeing her garden, Naruto, Chiba, Japan.
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Corner Rice Paddy
Two ways to go at the edge of a rice paddy, Naruto, Chiba, Japan.
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Rice Field
Texture of half-grown rice stalks, Naruto, Chiba, Japan.
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Queen Anne's Lace
Queen Anne’s Lace newly sprung up on fallow land.
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Farm Shed
Various tools and materials outside a farm shed, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Cat Tails
Cat tails waving in the evening wind, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Windy Road
Windy road amidst the rice paddies, approaching a shrine, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Shrine Entrance
Entrance to a local shrine, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Path to the Shrine
Concrete path leading to the local shrine, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Copse
Trees at the edge of the shrine land, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Sunset Tree Silhouette
Tree in the evening light at sunset, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Torii Silhouette
Torii guarding the entrance to a small local shrine, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Evening Greenhouses
Green houses in the evening light, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Farm Sunset
Sun setting behind a farm, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Evening Grass
Grass bending beside the road in the evening, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk WIld Grass at Sunset
Reeds bending in the evening wind at sunset, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
2012/07/14 Naruto Walk Roadside Lily
Dying lily at the edge of the road, Naruto, Chiba, Japan
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Tokyo Whimsy 1

Life in Tokyo can only be interesting and challenging if you make an effort to see it from a different point of view.

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Birks On The Train
The End of the Tea
The End of the Tea
Ruins of the Spaghetti
Ruins of the Spaghetti
Sunset Through the Curtains
Sunset Through the Curtains
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This will be my last post for the next three weeks. I’m heading off to Vancouver, Canada today, for some backpacking, slow time walking the streets and sitting in coffee shops, sea kayaking, visiting friends, and, since I’m most likely bringing my bicycle, some riding the horizon. If I can I will write in every now and then, but aside from checking email, I’m going to try to remain computer free as much as possible!

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Mukashi Michi Tunnel 1

The wind that issued from the mouth of the tunnel tasted stale and acrid.

Mukashi Michi Tunnel 2

Though the camera could see in the dark, I walked almost blind, feeling for the rough surprise of ogre skin.

Mukashi Michi Tunnel 3

End of the line: even as an adult coming across a human relic overgrown with the encroaching wood still conjures up the excitement of discovery of lost cities.

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Mukade

This was just a small one!

Mukashi Michi Cat

There is a whole different sense of privacy in Japan.

Mukashi Michi Tunnel 2_ Steps to the Mines of Moria

Something about tunnels, especially abandoned train tunnels, that flushes out the willies in me.

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Mukashi Michi Rocks 1

On such an innocent trail, even there, the spirits lurk.

Mukashi MIchi View Color

Sundays have always been the time for the droning of a lone airplane, passing overhead outside the window.

Mukashi Michi Rocks 2

When I read The Lord of the Rings as a teenager I often walked in the woods and imagined the denizens of the books hiding behind tree trunks and boulders.

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Naruto Carni PLant Sanctuary

When I lived in Naruto I would go on very long walks. One place that would bring me peace and make me feel less lonely was this quiet nature reserve about 20 minutes walk from my apartment.

Naruto Cat Tails

I hardly ever saw anyone in this area. So few people passed through that the egrets and night herons and grey herons relaxed and settled down here to roost. I would sit for hours listening to their calls at night.

Naruto Favorite Getaway

People often talk of their secret hideaways when they were kids, but seem to think they are unnecessary when we get older, but I think such places are even more important as adults. They help center us and soften the harshness of everyday life.

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Meiji Jingu Gate

A different tack, back in the city, into the heart of gods and fate.

Meiji Jingu Wedding

I’m not sure how I would feel with all those strangers and tourists taking pictures of my wedding…

Meiji Jingu Sitting

Dusk fell and the gate guard began industriously shooing us out.

Meiji Jingu Gilded Gate

No matter how many times I turn up at them, many shrines have a way of instilling great peace.

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Maruyama Beast Tree

I began to see spirits in every nook and cranny.

Maruyama Ghost Trail

I was on a ghost walk… but the truth is that it was raining so hard and the air so humid that my lens fogged up at this point. The rest of the trip was taking pictures through a mist…

Maruyama Walk Misty Leaves Sepia

…and though I was irritated at first, I began to have fun seeing everything in a different way.

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Maruyama Walk Opa Forest

Walking here reminded me of my walks with my grandfather in the hills east of Hannover, Germany where I was born.

Maruyama Tree Hall

This was just beyond a rope gate along the trail…though there was no one there I had goosebumps as I passed through, feeling there was someone watching and that in the area beyond the gate some dangerous creature haunted.

Maruyama Walk Trailside Rhododendron

Photographs of flowers in the mountains can seem cliche, but as the trail got darker I welcomed the bright color.

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Maruyama Rounding Bend

One of the strongest memories I have of childhood in Japan is little paths like this in the mountains, where I spent days catching insects and watching birds.

Maruyama Bright Leaves Dark Trail

Who says plants can’t jump out at you?

Maruyama Rising Forest

As the rain intensified a feeling of foreboding crept into the walk. I felt as if a minor god was watching me.