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 a limited edition of 500 hand-numbered, unbound, softcover copies, with hand-screened covers.
Written and published by Peter Orosz
Photographed by Peter Orosz and Gyula Simonyi
Cover screen printed by Geza Selmeczi
Designed by Akos Polgardi
Product photos by Akos Polgardi and Asami Ikeda
Printed in Budapest in August 2019
Shipping and delivery
Your purchase includes a physical copy of the book and the PDFs of the digital edition. The book is mailed from Estonia in a tracked envelope. Shipping is $5 for Estonia and Hungary, and $15 for everywhere else.
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”
“A psychogeographical masterpiece”
“An essential travelogue”
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
My name is Peter Orosz (Orosz Péter in Hungarian — it’s pronounced “O-ros” and is the Hungarian word for “Russian”, which I am not). You may know me by my past work. The Wilds of Shikoku is my first book. I was born in Szeged, Hungary, in 1980, and have lived in 🇪🇪 (now), 🇭🇺 (mainly), 🇯🇵 (kind of), and the 🇺🇸 (as a child).
I’m currently working on my second book, which is going to be about a medieval farmhouse in the hills north of Kyoto, Japan’s old capital. You can sign up to my newsletter to hear about it, and about other projects I’m working on, too.