The Walking Man
I’ll go take a walk in the neighbourhood…
1 Volume – Complete
The story follows the exploits of an unnamed salaryman, who spends his spare time exploring and wandering around the suburbs in which he lives. Accompanied at times by his wife or dog, it takes a gentle look at life – contemplating nature, talking to people he meets and finding simple pleasures in the things he finds on his travels. There is no plot to speak of – and very little dialogue – just a series of largely unconnected observational episodes.
2 Volumes – Completed
Taking the wrong train, Hiroshi Nakahara (48 years old) returns to his old hometown, Kurayoshi. He decides to look around while waiting for the next train. When he is praying to his mother’s grave, something happens and suddenly he is transported back to the time when he is still 14 years old.
Then he realizes that not long after that was the time when his father left without a word. He never understood why his father decided to leave. He kept thinking that if his father had never left, then his mother wouldn’t have died of sickness from overworking herself.
So there, Hiroshi re-experiences his teens again. Doing things that he had never done before and somehow feeling so good about it. But he’s still worried whether he can find out why his father disappeared and if he can stop his father from doing that.