Hi Rick, This is very exotic, and including the cone really defines the rest of it in terms of scale and color. thanks, sp
Hi Sussah,This is actually a pretty typical "side of the mountain" scene in Japan. Because of earthquakes, landslides after typhoons, etc., pretty much every mountain, riverbank, beach, etc. has been re-inforced with concrete. We get pounded with this crap repeatedly, every year. Hardly anyone dies or gets hurt. Foreigners like me complain about the ugly scenery, but a day after Katrina Miyazaki was creamed by a huge typhoon--there was some damage and only a few lives lost. These things are *routine* here. Katrina/New Orleans involved a special set of circumstances, of course, but probably would never happen here.Having said that, the scenery here kinda sucks sometimes! As for "exotic," well, I notice what I notice!;-)
I like the "echo" between the cone and...whatever that big blackish shape is...a stain?
A.D.,The shape is wetness from water running out of a small pipe at the top. It may be a permanent stain. The concrete re-inforces the mountainside, and there are a lot of pipes running (presumably) from the top of the mountain and out the side to help avoid landslides after typhoons/heavy rain.