It was another place that Will and I visited when we were on Hokkaido.
Cape Nosappu is not only the easternmost point on Hokkaido but also the easternmost point in Japan that is open to the public.
When we went there it was raining hard!
We had a hot drink in one of the local buildings and bought some souvenirs. At one point Will was doing some birding and I was dry in the car, facing the lighthouse right at the end of Cape Nosappu.
While I was in the car, a young Japanese man appeared in front of the lighthouse. He took a “selfie” of himself in front of it, but he didn’t just use a smartphone – he set up a large camera on a tripod! For some reason I found this incredibly amusing. I also felt a bit sorry for him that he seemed to be on holiday alone and had no-one to take this photo for him in the rain.
I poked my head out of the car and said:
“otetsudai shimashou ka”
Can I help you?
We both laughed, perhaps because of the natural Japanese tendency to laugh in awkward situations, or perhaps because the rain and wind made the whole situation highly comical.
I kept the door open anyway and an eye on the tripod just in case it blew away and I needed to leap out and save his camera like a hero.
But that didn’t happen!
I’ve had a week or so of reminiscing about holiday antics from when my brother visited. Tomorrow I’m going to change the subject, as the somewhat cryptic image today might suggest!