Postcard 004
New moon 2:00pm Jan 13th. JST
Step Follows Step.




一合目 Ichigōme (1st station)

It slowly dawns on me — morning is already here as a rarely set alarm drags me from my dreams. Cat rouses from the depths of my bed, stretches and impatiently sits and stares.




ニ合目

The baselayers sitting folded beside the bed are donned in haste, it’s a cold 2°C. Cat strategically repositions beside his empty bowl, anticipating the first of several breakfasts.





三合目

Cat fed — drink water, grind coffee, drip water, drink coffee, toilet and organise gear. Splitboard collecting cat hair —that won't do— climbing-skins and bindings pre-applied to save time and fingers later. Don’t forget water.




四合目

Time getting on, should’ve packed the car last night. Juggling my —don’t remember it being this heavy before— backpack, splitboard, and coffee filled thermos, attempt an awkward squeeze-exit out the front door — stopping cat’s escape with right foot.





五合目

Ice on windscreen driving towards the mountains hiding behind clouds full of snow — wasn’t it supposed to be clear? Road quiet and car silent as my iPhone refuses to acknowledge a full charge.





六合目

Short stop at the combine for the obligatory onigiri, mixed nuts and why not — a bar of chocolate for emergencies ;)




七合目

Parking full, circle through the village to find another space. ¥400, that’ll do. Toilet inside house —don’t mind if I do— past the “sumimasen” (excuse me) wife in kotatsu watching television while eating a bento. “Kiotsukete” (be careful) I will, thanks.





八合目

-3°C, feels like -6°C. Aizen & pikkeru ready fellow upward-journeymen stride to the trailhead. Bow before passing beneath the tori, step from asphalt to icy trail.




九合目

It’s a slippery switchback — splitboard catching on branches — snow falling on head — hike until ichigōme (1st station of ten). Wondering why I’m doing this?





十合目

Remembering why I’m doing this... step follows step, follows step.





Wish you were here.
James








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Photographs series:
In & Out.
Ibuki Mountain, Shiga, Japan 2021



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