This old lady’s bewilderment was thankfully only brief, as after a quick smile she was straight back into corralling all her beer crates. But having passed by this spot more times than I’d care to remember, to finally get an interesting photo made for a particularly memorable five hundredths of a second.
Keen to cover new ground and enjoy Hokkaido’s cooler temperatures, a friend and I spent several days towards the end of August travelling the island’s eastern coast by local train. There was no real agenda as such. No tourist places to tick off. Just a semi-random exploration of the area’s smaller towns and villages, or occasionally, when connections dictated, the quieter side of bigger settlements.
Some of the trip’s resultant photos have appeared on these pages already, and one or two of them have been included here, as they seemed to fit a broader selection quite well. But basically, the chosen images are a fairly good representation of what we saw, and in many ways, what we set out to see.
The weekend before last, Typhoon Hagibis ripped its way through Japan, leaving death and immense destruction in its wake. Now, a little over a week later, all is calm and seemingly back to normal, with the clean up and repairs well underway. A full recovery and sense of normalcy for many individuals, however, will clearly take much longer.