“When the sun went down, the rain that had been falling since early evening stopped.
Apart from my camera in the little plastic bag, my entire body was soaked. I don’t know if it was for this reason but every lodging that night had denied my request to stay, and so I was on the road, in the dark, walking aimlessly.
A small part of the moon found an opening in the clouds and gave a small, sad shimmer of light, like the look on a dog that got separated from its owner.
I blow some air through my lips, whistle a few times.
Slowly the moon-lit clouds move a little, and I feel a little of my unease had disappeared from my body.
Tonight I’ll just walk this road until I reach its end, no stopping, no turning around.”
The photographs in What is the Distance to the Moon? were taken between 2004 and 2005 in various areas of Japan, while Toshiya Murakoshi traversed the country by train and on foot.