The Wilds of Shikoku

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Orders placed now will ship on December 19, 2023 because of my ongoing walk around all of Japan. This does not affect the PDFs of the book, included with every purchase, which are available for download immediately. Thank you for your understanding.

The Wilds of Shikoku is about a five hundred kilometer walk across Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, in January and February 2019.

The book is slim and very large — 36 pages, 260 mm × 360 mm — and contains a removable watercolor map of Shikoku by Alice Cleary.

It is published in an edition of 500 hand-numbered, unbound, softcover copies, with hand-screened covers.

This book is also available in a special edition of 16, Tokushima Blue, whose covers are printed on indigo-colored paper from Tokushima, where the walk begins.

Shipping and delivery

Your purchase includes a physical copy of the book and the PDFs of the digital edition. Shipping is $5 to Estonia and $15 to everywhere else.

Orders placed now will ship in mid-October 2023 because of my ongoing walk around all of Japan. This does not affect the PDFs of the book, included with every purchase, which are available for download immediately. Thank you for your understanding.

If you live in Hungary, you can save on shipping and support a great indie bookstore if you buy your copy at ISBN Books + Gallery in Budapest.

Praise for The Wilds of Shikoku

“You know it’s a good book when it has a map in it”

Moon Rabbit Podcast

“A psychogeographical masterpiece”

Metropolis

“An essential travelogue”

Japan Travel

A note on Shikoku

Shikoku is known for the pilgrimage in which henro, Buddhist pilgrims, walk between 88 of the island’s temples. This book is not about that journey. Instead, it follows in the footsteps of Alan Booth, the English author of The Roads to Sata and Looking for the Lost, who walked across Shikoku in May and June 1983. Booth’s account of his own journey, “Roads Out of Time”, was published in the anthology This Great Stage of Fools.

About the author

📷 Portrait by Nishimoto Kyōko

My name is Peter Orosz. I live in Tartu, Estonia. My family name is pronounced O-ros — it’s the Hungarian word for “Russian”, which I am not.

The Wilds of Shikoku is my first book.

I’m currently walking around all of Japan, a journey you can follow here.

My second book, A Something Like Peace, about re-thatching a medieval farmhouse in the hills north of Kyōto, Japan’s old capital, will be published in 2024.

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