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  • Mt. Fuji last erupted on December 16th, 1707. The outburst didn't involve lava but it did unleash copious amounts of ash and, as it turns out, also a small tribe of Lilliputians clad in green track suits. They still wander the small bump on Fuji's east flank--known as Mt. Hoei--created by the blast..

    If you visit them, they will charm you with their peace sign poses and big smiles. They will encourage you to pose for a picture, preferable in a state of repose.

    "Look at the camera", they say as they quietly stretch their twine.

    "Cheesu!", they shout with the enthusiasm so common of non-natives using foreign words, drowning out the harmonies of plucked, taut cord.

    Then, with laughter turning maniacal, they pounce on you, tying you down so they can later devour your frozen carcass on a cloudless, sparkling winter night.

    As you lay there, faced pressed to the ground, you realize that what you thought was lava rock is, in fact, bits of chewed up, discarded bones. The landscape which, before, seemed moonlike, reveals itself to be more crypt like.

    Be warned.
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