From Hokkaido to Okinawa, wind power is big in Japan. It’s a bit hard to see, but this entire section of the ridge is lined with windmills... with (on this day at least) NO wind, not even a faint breeze.

This is the final approach into the tiny community of Misaki (which you passed through on the way here). It’s noteworthy for our purposes because it’s the first place from which you could take a bus back to Yawatahama or Matsuyama if you were running late or had mechanical trouble. The bus schedule was just about to change, but it indicated that the final buses of the day were a 6 p.m. bus for Yawatahama and a 2:40 p.m. bus for Matsuyama, so rather than write that down I took a photo - as I did so, an old man sitting nearby asked me (in a rather gruff tone) why on earth I was taking a photo when the schedule was about to change. I could just hear him mentally shaking his head and thinking: “Tourists!”

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