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Meteors Rain Down on Mount Fuji (Japan in Photos)

The Geminid meteor shower can be seen streaking down on Mount Fuji in this composite photo of the annual celestial event. The image was made from nine photos taken at a campsite in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, over a two-hour period in the early morning of December 14, 2017. (© Jiji)
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Mount Fuji

An introduction to Japan’s iconic mountain that draws visitors from around the world for its main summer climbing season.
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Tanaka Mizuki: The Young Woman Keeping the Tradition of Bathhouse Paintings Alive

Many traditional neighborhood bathhouses are decorated with huge murals, often featuring Mount Fuji. Today, this tradition is kept alive by just three specialized artists. We spend the day with one of them, a young painter looking to carry the form into the future.
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Winter Accidents on Mount Fuji Show No Sign of Abating (News)

Kōfu, Yamanashi Pref., Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)—The official climbing season on Mount Fuji lasts only for the snow-free summer months, but Japan's iconic mountain also attracts mountaineers who brave the wind-swept peak out of season. Tokyo’s Little Mount Fujis A look at the fujizuka mounds built in neighborhoods around Tokyo for pilgrims unable to make it to the real mountain. …
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Tokyo’s Little Mount FujisJames Singleton

Starting in the Edo period, syncretic religious groups known as Fujikō built small-scale replicas of Mount Fuji for adherents who could not make pilgrimages to the actual mountain. Many of these mounds, called fujizuka, still stand in neighborhoods around the Tokyo metropolitan area.
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Japan’s Restless Volcanoes

Japan is home to 10% of the world's active volcanoes, and a surge in small-scale volcanic activity has had the nation on edge in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. We talked to Nakada Setsuya, one of Japan’s leading volcanologists, about the recent spate of eruptions and its implications.
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“Sentō”: Japan’s Public Bathhouses

Enjoying a long soak in a warm bath is a much-loved practice in Japan. Traditional “sentō” (public bathhouses) as well as large commercial facilities feature a wide variety of amenities for bathers to enjoy as they relax, both in and out of the tub.
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Japan’s Top Tourist Destinations

With its skyscrapers and neon, shrines and temples, and mountains and forests, Japan caters to diverse tastes. Here we describe the key places to visit, from the snowy northern island of Hokkaidō to the sunny beaches of Okinawa.
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Timeline for July 2014

The government reinterprets the Constitution, sanctions on North Korea are eased, and Typhoon Neoguri causes three deaths. Here are the key Japanese news stories for July 2014.
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Keeping Mount Fuji at the Peak of Beauty

Mount Fuji has always been spectacular at a distance. But up close an excess of garbage has tarnished its beauty in recent years. This problem sparked a movement to clean up the mountain and conserve its natural environment. It’s an effort that’s more important than ever now that Mount Fuji has become a World Heritage site.
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