Smoke and ashes
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).