A Japanese man made the tour of the world by foot, completing his 40,000 kilometers walk on Sunday, when he returned to Shanghai. This is the place where he began his journey four and a half years ago, taking with him only a two-wheeled cart to carry his luggage with.
Masahito Yoshida, from the city of Tottori on the Sea of Japan coast, left Shanghai on New Year’s Day 2009, heading west with around 50 kg of luggage, including a sleeping bag. He planned to visit small towns that he would bypass if he traveled by train or bus, according to Kyodo news agency.
During one year and eight months, he walked around 16,000 km from Central Asia to the western tip of Portugal’s Cape Roca, where he arrived in August 2010 via Istanbul.
He then flew to the east coast of the United States and started his 6,000-km walk from Atlantic City in New Jersey. He reached Vancouver in Canada in October 2011, and then spent eight more months walking 5,000 km across Australia, from Melbourne in the south to Darwin in the north via Alice Springs.
He worked part-time in Canada and Australia to gain some money for his basic needs.
In Vietnam, Yoshida suffered a heart attack before reaching China, but kept walking 30 km a day because his visa was expiring. Now, he plans to walk 500 more km in Taiwan before reaching home to Japan in August.