On Sunday we took the Shinkansen to Odawara to see the Odawara Castle. To our surprise, we saw an elephant on the castle grounds.
Posted signs indicated the existence of a zoo, but the only animals we saw were this elephant and a large cage filled with Japanese macaques. I'm not a fan of zoos, so I didn't investigate further.
I like the elephant, however, especially since he responded to my taking his picture by flapping his ears and waving his trunk.
Of course, this may be the international sign of an elephant saying, "I hate you! Get away from me," but I prefer to think he was genuinely happy to see me and was saying hello.