Disconcerting for the one who knew it well, because unrecognizable, but still a meaningful return.
And afterward a hospital visit in a more thoroughly modern town, to someone still living in the present but also a marker of the past, smiling warmly and with good humor through his current predicament. Long-lost relatives not to be recovered. This was a goodbye.
I received a friendly "konnichiwa" from a little schoolboy passing by. Kind of a "welcome back".
Kodaira market street Christmas from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.