I don't think I've ever explicitly said it (at least not here), but Japan really is a beautiful place. None of the photos I've posted here really do it justice, and most of what I've written about Japan and/or the Japanese has been griping (i.e. the same sort of shit a well-balanced skeptic would say about any place he might happen to be; you should hear what I say about Canada when I'm actually there amongst the cheap, lazy, smoke-bumming bastards...).
The pic below is of Sakurajima, an active volcano in Kagoshima. It was taken at night, so it's kinda sucky (I'll post a couple of sucky day-time shots later). Try hard, though, and maybe you'll see what I saw a few hours ago on my way home.