Back in April 2015, we posted two photos going around in tabloid press of “ghosts”. Or apparent ghosts, I should say. Both could easily have had prosaic explanations. One of the photos was of a “mysterious” pair of boots behind a 2014 picture of a girl on a scenic beach bluff in Japan.
Springall said the photo of his 4 yr old daughter was taken on July 6, 2014.
“I took a few pictures, and when I was looking through them at night, I noticed what appeared to be a pair of boots behind her in one of the photos,” he said. “I took several of her in the same spot, but only one had the boots.”
These boots were interpreted as “Samurai” boots or those of a ghost of a WW2 soldier. The man who took the photo insisted no one was behind her, yet there was blue fabric visible just below her left elbow. This suggests there indeed was a person behind her who went unnoticed.
Browsing through my November 2015 issue of Fortean Times (FT332, p. 76), I find that a letter from Don Cake gives us what most certainly is the correct answer. The location is a beach near the Emperor’s summer villa in Hayama. And the person behind the girl is a guard. Notice the boots, the flair of the pants tucked into the boot and blue fabric of the shirt. He is positioned to be mostly hidden by the girl who is closer to the camera.