Launches “Japan on Foot”

Book Launches: JAPAN ON FOOT by Mary King – Two Women Walk Japan


Sat., May 19, 2.30 – 4.30 (then early dinner/drinks nearby) at Venture Dream Office, 13F Office One Shijo-Karasuma, Kyoto (near Hankyu Karasuma Sta. and Subway Shijo Sta.) 京都市下京区室町通綾小路上る鶏鉾町480番地 Map

Fri., May 25, 6.00 – 9.00 p.m. Wesley Centre, 6-10-7 Minami Aoyama, Tokyo (SWET members ¥1,000; non-mbers ¥1,500) ) Map … See more

Sun., May 27, 12.30 p.m. Lunch, Meet the Writer, Mont St Michel, Mejiro, Tokyo (¥3,200 Bookings: ph. Allan Murphy: 090-9153-5917)

Mary King, walker and writer, will be in Kyoto and Tokyo to talk about her walk and book, Japan on Foot. She will be available for interviews from May 18th – May 28th. Contact her to arrange an interview at Photos either from the author or from Fine Line Press.



British journalist, Mary King tells the story of how she and her Japanese partner Etsuko Shimabukuro walked 7,500 kilometres from the north of Hokkaido to Yonagunijima, Okinawa, Japan’s westernmost island. Her book recounts the adventures during their odyssey, including  insights into Japanese life. It reveals aspects of the country and culture rarely shown or discussed. This is great reading for the Japanophile and armchair adventurer.  Mary writes about strippers, a shamaness, a yakuza Christian, an enlightened being, hunters, farmers, pilgrims, Hidden Christians, a scientist who plans to resurrect the woolly mammoth and a marine geologist who maintains that the ruins of a lost civilisation lie off the shores of an Okinawan island. The book also includes interviews with Ainu people and buraku communities talking about the discrimination they face. While there are many interesting people and stirring adventures, Japan on Foot is also an inner journey – Mary shares her deepest thoughts and feelings about the people she loves and the country she made home.


Find out more or buy Japan on Foot online here.