One of the neater aspects of living in Japan, particularly in Tokyo, is that if you see someplace on TV or in a movie there's a fair chance you can go there yourself. So when I learned that the lake scenes in Otonari
(you can see some production stills of the location in this video
) were filmed not too far from Tokyo, I hopped on a (few) train(s) to make my way to Seibu Stadium station in Saitama. The lake scenes were filmed at Lake Sayama, which is part of the Yamaguchi reservoir. The scenes take place on the 600m pedestrian path built on the embankment. The path is beautifully straight and has the lake on one side, and a little park and residences on the other side. Besides some joggers and elderly walkers the place was very quiet and peaceful. If it was a little closer to where I lived it would make the ideal contemplation spot for me. The day was cloudy and not sunny as I had hoped it would be, but it was nice place none the less. I slowly walked the path and took a bunch of pictures, and on my return leg I saw this...
It almost does look like a UFO in the still shot. But really it's the sunset peeking out of a gash in the clouds. It was interesting watching it get more intense, and finally becoming more diffuse. Check out all my pics from my mini-excursion here