7 – On the Northern Land Road

“I was so loath to leave Sakata that we lingered there for several days. But then we set out towards
the distant clouds on the Hokuriku Road. The prospect of yet another long
journey ahead filled me with dread. It was said to be well over three hundred miles to Kanazawa,
the capital of Kaga Province. Once past the Barrier of Nezu, we continued our journey through
Echigo Province as far as the Barrier of Ichiburi in Etchū.”