The Wilds of Shikoku: Tokushima Blue

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The Wilds of Shikoku: Tokushima Blue

Peter Orosz
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Tokushima Blue is a special edition of The Wilds of Shikoku, a book about a five hundred kilometer walk across Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, in January and February 2019.

The indigo-colored cover is printed on paper from Awagami Factory, a seventh generation papermaker. They are based in Tokushima, which has been the home of Japanese indigo dyeing for centuries and where the walk described in the book begins. There are 16, hand-numbered copies, one for each day of the walk.

Tokushima Blue is otherwise identical to the regular edition of The Wilds of Shikoku: a slim, very large, unbound, softcover book — 36 pages, 260 mm × 360 mm — which contains a removable watercolor map of Shikoku by the British illustrator Alice Cleary.

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

Please indicate at checkout if you’d prefer to receive a specific number from this edition of 16.

Available numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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 write stuff and take pictures. 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 also the author of These Walking Dreams, a visual field diary of a 4,300-kilometer walk from one end of Japan to the other, in the spring and summer of 2017.

I’m currently at work on my second book, A Something Like Peace, which is going to be about re-thatching a medieval farmhouse in the hills north of Kyōto, Japan’s old capital. It will be published in 2023.

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