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World traveler finally visits nearby Okinawa

Date Posted: 2004-07-29

An Osaka man who’s been traveling the world since 1975 has finally made his way to Okinawa.

Tadashi Nagase began his round-the-world quest with a two-wheeled cart, traveling first in mainland Japan before venturing on to Australia, Africa and the Sahara Desert. He’s walked the equivalent of circling the globe at the equator, some 40,000 kilometers, taking 29 years to accomplish the feat.

The 48-year-old wrapped things up at the Okinawa Prefecture Headquarters courtyard, telling reporters “the earth was too big to travel. It took 29 years to come to Okinawa”. The goal was to arrive in Okinawa, where his wife and son had waited for him. He says “Okinawa is too hot, but people are so kind, they give me power.”

Tadashi says his most impressionable moment was in 1983, traveling in Africa, when “my personal goods, money, tgwo-wheeled cart and foods had been stolen. I couldn’t’ continue traveling that year.”

He’s written two books about his adventures. “Two Wheeled Cart Man in Africa” and “Asian Travel on Foot” are available in some bookstores, but only in Japanese.

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