No, the dog in the featured photo is not for sale for ¥300, and neither is the basket of stuff.
We now know what we have been missing for so long – not driving about in Japan, where it was perceived to be difficult to navigate. This even before the advent of smartphone apps that circumvent the hurdle of language barriers.
In some way, our journey to Hakone gave us perspective. Of how much freedom the open road (as we already know elsewhere) broadens the horizons of what we can discover of Japan – especially when one does not have the luxury of a true YOLO life spent perpetually on the road.