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Smoke and ashes

July 1, 2009

I’ve seen volcanos before. The old, sleepy kind, in whose craters you can play tarot or get sunburned, on whose slopes you fall in peat-bogs up to your knees and you need someone to get you out. L’Auvergne, quoi.
Not the kind that actually blew up 9 years ago and is still venting steam.
South of Lake Toya, Usuzan (second picture) was formed 110 000 years ago and still says hello from time to time. Showa Shinzan, the lava dome you can see on the first picture, was created betwenn 1943 and 1945 (a baby volcano, how cute). The latest eruption happened in the Nishiyama craters (pictures 3 to 6).
The bonus pictures were taken in the ryokan we were staying at (the only time we weren’t on a budget, might as well immortalize it) complete with onsen and rotenburo… (I smuggled the camera in when I was sure I was alone, I could have been a secret agent I know).139140 Usuzan154165167175109120 Rotenburo 1

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2009 04:32

    I knew it! Your cover is blown, Miss Dohrnaira! That was not an ordinary trip, that was an intelligence collection operation! How could you, secret agent D.?! ๐Ÿ˜›

    You’ve captured wonderful views ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like you visited some dangerous places ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. July 2, 2009 22:07

    Alas, I am way too noisy and clumsy to be a good secret agent… some dreams just never come true… *sighs*

    Thanks ! and well, nobody died in the last eruption, they’re pretty good at predicting what happens there now, so it’s just as dangerous as anywhere in earthquake country ๐Ÿ™‚

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