My first stop on the Shimanami Kaido was a famous bus stop. I actually didn’t know much, if anything, about it when I visited it. The only thing that I knew was that it was in a scene in a movie and that was really about it.
When I first saw the bus stop, it looked like a nice bus stop, but that was about it. I had seen pictures of it on the internet before I went, so I was ready to expect to be unimpressed, and I wasn’t let down. For a regular foreigner, and maybe a younger Japanese person, you can probably skip this bus stop as it isn’t very interesting. Without knowing more about the background of this bus stop and the movie that it is in, you will have no idea about the importance of this bus stop.
The bus (ferry) stop was used as a location for the movie “Goodbye for Tomorrow”, or “Ashita” in Japanese. It was written and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi and apparently this building played a pivotal role in the movie. I tried to find information about the movie, but information was extremely limited in English. I could only find the following quote from IMDB:
People from all walks of life (a high-school student, a middle-aged businessman, a yakuza chief, etc.) all receive mysterious messages from loved ones who were killed 3 months earlier in a shipwreck. They are instructed to go to a small island in the Inland Sea that evening. At the stroke of midnight, the lost ship emerges from the sea and they are given a brief time to say their final words to their lost loved ones, before the deceased must once again board the ship and it sinks back into the depths.
– Written by Rob Richardson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From the short description, the movie sounds very interesting, and now I want to learn more. Unfortunately I doubt I will but maybe someday my Japanese will be strong enough to understand this movie, or I will be able to find one with English subtitles.