For Christmas 2010 a good friend gave me a copy (1959, third edition) of Hiroshige’s Tokaido in Prints and Poetry.
A Southern-California English teacher since the mid-70’s, I guess I’ve got a bit of an imagination (who doesn’t). I’m not a “bucket list” kind of guy, but there’s just something so alluring about the idea of walking the 53 posts of Japan’s eastern-sea-view road captured so stunningly in Hiroshige’s prints, that I’ve decided to work my way up to it by Summer 2012.
It’s not unique; it’s been written about in books, such as Patrick Carey’s Rediscovering the Old Tokaido: in the Footsteps of Hiroshige, but it will be new to me. I’m older and creakier than Carey and some of my predecessors (such as Christchurch’s The Walking Fool–see link on the home page), but, as I said, I’m a teacher, and that means I have time off to do such things. My daughter, off to college in Fall, says she wants to make the trek with me, and she would be amazing company, AND she speaks some Japanese.
So this blog will be my journal. I’ll see what information I can gather, grab the gear I need, make plans (and maybe some fall-backs), and, I hope, keep a log of a 303-mile journey along the coast of a country I’ve never been to.
It should be a blast!
🙂 John Corbally