It is difficult to walk in the mud that covers an Oso sad town.
Glacial grief in the valley of the shadow of Slide Hill.
The search-and-rescue crew walks single file,
Mud suctions every step.
Trying as they might not to sink up to their waists,
Throwing down plywood to create walkways
Slowly moving muck, as heavy as fresh concrete,
Electronic detectors, beeping.
Hoping to find someone that found a bit of air.
But … when they discover human remains,
Working feet stop and the silence is absorbed by the mud.
Then a chorus of chainsaws resume.
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Walk the route taken by feudal lords, samurai, traveling merchants and pilgrims in seventeenth-century Japan. The Nakasendo Way literally means ‘the road through the mountains’. These days, this well-preserved path is a quiet respite from the busier roads of life.
It is an easy journey, meant to be taken at a comfortable pace. The walking tour begins in the ancient capital of Kyoto, passes through picturesque old towns near Nagoya and finalizes in Tokyo. Accommodation in traditional Japanese inns, transport and assistance with baggage are all part of the experience.