(Photos from FNN, NNN, and Mainichi)
I woke up this morning with a fine, white ash on the ground outside. Mt. Asama, one of many active volcanos, erupted around 2 AM local time. The 2,568-meter mountain is known to erupt from time to time, so noone will worry too much, but it is rare that ash flies all the way to Tokyo some 145 km away. TV reports tonight are showing ashes showering down in neighboring regions and people are asked to wear masks in the vicinity. More photos below the fold:
(Photo from Xinhua/Reuters)
Spectacular photo - I love the power, but really, the hotsprings around here are just terrific.
(Photos from Chunichi)
Locals are advised not to drive near the immediate area, with a Level 3 emergency declared.
(Photo from Sankei)
In the town of Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture, about 2 millimeters of ash scattered in the area. The last major eruption here happened in 2004.
Japan has 108 active volcanoes.
There are many onsen (natural hot springs) in Japan, and people do love this lazy, slow way of bathing. Apart from being thoroughly relaxing, onsen water has many medicinal qualities that Japanese (and foreigners) use to "treat wounds and disorders." Oh, come on, most people just love how good it feels. The spring water in Asama Onsen is "very clear, has no taste, and has a faint smell of sulfur." I don't care, I'm going back there as soon as the Level 3 emergency is over.
(Photos from Japan Guest Houses)
(More photos over at gazoo.com)
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