Here is our local volcano, Asama Yama, with the Karuizawa fire station in front. It's always fun to see it on a clear day. As of this writing, it had most recently erupted in Feb of 2009 sending ash and rock up to 1km away. It is not the lava kind of volcano, so we don't have to worry about our house catching fire, but all the local school children where safety helmets to and from school to protect themselves from flying rocks! Perhaps one day we might climb it, although I'm not that excited about it.