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The Wilds of Shikoku

“A psychogeographical masterpiece”


“An essential travelogue”

Japan Travel

About the book

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

It was published in September 2019 in a limited edition of 500 hand-numbered, unbound, softcover copies, with a hand-screened cover. The book is slim and very large — 36 pages, 260mm × 360mm — and contains a removable watercolor map of Shikoku by Alice Cleary.

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Shipping and delivery

Your purchase includes a physical copy of the book and a link to the digital edition. It is mailed from Hungary in a tracked cardboard envelope.

If you live in Budapest, you can also buy the book at ISBN Books + Gallery.

COVID-19 shipping update

International mail service from Hungary is currently limited to these countries. Please check if your country is on the list before ordering.

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 this journey, “Roads Out of Time”, was published in the anthology This Great Stage of Fools in 2018.

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