The Wilds of Shikoku: Digital Edition

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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.

Your purchase includes two PDFs. One is illustrated with photos and a watercolor map, and is designed for high resolution horizontal screens, while the other is text-only and is meant for black and white printing.

There is also a print edition of the book available for purchase separately. It is a limited edition of 500 hand-numbered, unbound, softcover copies, with hand-screened covers. The book is slim and very large — 36 pages, 260 mm × 360 mm — and contains a removable watercolor map of Shikoku by Alice Cleary. Purchase of the print edition includes this digital edition at no extra cost.

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”


“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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