Today, the television crew will return. All day, the camera will follow us. They ring Pauli’s number in the morning. “How can we find your home?” Even though they know his address, they don’t know how to drive there. They need to ask at a police station. I really don’t understand the Japanese address system. It doesn’t work well at all.
After saying goodbye to Pauli and his wife, Mami and I become actors. It’s difficult to be yourself in front of the camera. Somehow, you feel that you should do interesting things. And avoid embarrassing things, such as picking your nose.
We travel at a slow speed. The van travels beside me, with its door open, and with the cameraman hanging out. It looks dangerous. Drivers of the following cars can’t overtake easily, yet are very patient. No one gets angry. I don’t think that this would happen in New Zealand.
For lunch, we all eat okonomiyaki. It’s delicious! I want to rest here until it’s time for my next meal. Luckily, the camera is turned off during the meal. It’s difficult to eat okonomiyaki without making a mess.
Our plan for today is to reach a rotenburo in the mountains. We can have a bath when we arrive, and we might be able to camp there. I exit a forest and cross a bridge. On the ground is a small toy that someone has lost. Once a day, on average, I find such a thing. I pick it up for my collection. By the end of the trip, I’ll have more than one hundred.
In the middle of nowhere, I come to a shed. It has a sign with the letters DVD. Now then, why would there be a roadside stall in such a lonely place? I take a quick look inside, and discover why. What an interesting collection of adult movies!
At the rotenburo, the others are already waiting. This time, I know what to expect. This time I’ll enjoy myself. I’ll happily enter the bath, as long as the cameraman doesn’t follow. If he does, then I’d need a body double, which means that Mami would need one too.
I’d need to attend the auditions. There were a couple of women on the covers of those DVDs who might be okay. But I’d need to check carefully. “Girls, line up please. Back straight, chin up, chest out.”
The manager of the rotenburo says that it’s okay for us to camp on the onsen’s grounds. It’s already dark when we set up the tent. Then, we eat our evening meal. Mami’s family gave the television crew some food to give us. We unfold the map, and see how far we’ve come. We’ve done five days. Kyushu looks enormous. Shikoku looks just as large. Honshu is three times the size. And after them, Hokkaido.
We’ll concentrate on one island at a time.
One day at a time.
One step at a time.