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By John Lanier

Japan's Natural Beauty And A Fantasy Fulfilled


Last updated 8/13/2014 at 12:42pm

Debbie Lanier waits on the dock at Lake Ashi. At left, small private fishing boats are tied to shore.

(Editor's Note: Recently editor John Lanier and his wife traveled to Japan to visit his sister, who has worked there for 28 years. The following is the first in a series of observations made from his trip.)

Though Japan is one of the most densely populated countries, 70 percent of the island is mountainous. No mountain is more revered and iconic than Mount Fuji, a two-hour bus ride from downtown Tokyo.

The area around Fuji is somewhat similar to western North Carolina. The mountains are taller and much steeper but in the summer covered with foliage, much of it is Japanese cedar. Even thou...

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