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Information about the earthquake in Ishikawa Prefecture and what I would like to tell you about it

On January 1, 2024 at 16:10, a severe earthquake occurred on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture.
The town of Wajima, famous for its morning market, was badly damaged.
It was New Year’s Day and many young people were returning home. So they fled with their elderly parents on their backs.
Sadly, some people died under the old houses.

Also affected is Kagaya in Wakura Onsen, a very famous ryokan in Japan. Unfortunately, this ryokan was also damaged by the earthquake and will remain closed in January.
Kagaya was a favorite place of former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui. That is why he invited a branch of Kagaya to Taiwan. Of course, we, the employees of the Japanese travel industry, also have great confidence in this ryokan.
After a severe earthquake, the guests of the ryokan were brought to safety by the staff. All the guests thank them.
The choice of hotel in Japan is very important as it can sometimes be a matter of life and death.

There is now a wide choice of accommodation in Japan.  Rental apartments without a reception are generally nice, but there are no staff to help you in an emergency.
Many of the houses that collapsed were older buildings. Before staying in a hotel that has been converted from an old private house, you should be aware of the safety.
The Japanese are a supportive people, but in an emergency situation they are primarily concerned with themselves and their families.
It should also be noted that the first messages are only in Japanese. Some information is available in English, but only after the Japanese news is published.

I have no intention of scaring you.  Japan is a country with many natural disasters, and the Japanese people have been living with them for centuries. Natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons can occur anywhere in Japan.
The Japanese live with nature and accept it.  The earthquake in Ishikawa Prefecture changed the topography of Wajima.  Now the Japanese are in mourning. But a new city is being built there. But a new city will be built there in the future.

Not all Ishikawa prefectures are inhospitable for travelers. Traveling is still not possible in northern Ishikawa prefecture, but it is not a problem in the south.

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The rules on Mount Fuji are changed.

From next year, the way to climb Mount Fuji will change drastically.
Yamanashi Prefecture will restrict access to the Yoshida-guchi trail on Mount Fuji next summer,
by erecting a barrier near the fifth station, which will be closed from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., to prevent climbers from climbing stages overnight.
The barrier will also be closed if the number of climbers exceeds 4,000 in one day. A toll will also be charged.

Below is the message about it. It is in Japanese, so please translate it using Google or other means.

Many uncivilized mountaineers have become a big problem recently.
Hasty ascents of Mount Fuji, campfires and camping on trails where it is actually forbidden, etc.
Some even walked over the ropes that block access to the other side. The scene was broadcast on a news program, and the foreigners who crossed the access ban drew the ire of the Japanese people.
He said it was at his own risk, which further angered the Japanese.
This is what the Japanese hate the most. Everyone lives with the help of someone else.
If this disrespectful foreigner actually got lost, the Japanese police would be looking for him and his country’s embassy would have a lot to do.

Ken Noguchi is a Japanese mountaineer and environmental activist.
He has worked on various mountain restoration projects around the world, including Mount Everest, Mount Fuji and Manaslu.
He and other Japanese who love the mountains asked Yamanashi Prefecture to protect Mt. Fuji.

Think also of the Japanese religions.
Mt. Fuji has long been an object of faith for the Japanese, a mountain where gods dwell.
The Japanese are angry about the desecration of their sacred mountain.

The detailed rules for climbing Mt. Fuji next year will be discussed at the council meeting in mid-February.
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Beware of the strongest wild animals, bears

Sixty-seven percent of Japan’s land area is forested.
As a result, there are many wild animals.
The most dangerous wild animal is probably the bear.
According to a survey by the Ministry of the Environment, brown bears inhabit about 55% of Hokkaido, and black bears inhabit about 45% of Honshu.

In 2023, it is said that there are very few nuts for bears to feed on, and many bears have been sighted.
In search of food, bears are coming to areas where humans live.
Especially in the Hokkaido, Tohoku, and Hokuriku regions, there have been many reports of bear attacks.
Some people have been seriously injured or killed by bears.
Bears appear not only on well-maintained hiking trails, but also in private homes.

Bears are not only large but also physically strong animals.
It is said that bears can run at speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour, making it impossible for humans to run away from them.
In addition to its sharp claws and fangs, the bear has the power to blow off a human’s jaw with a single blow.
Bears have a habit of targeting the face first, so in addition to contusions to the face, some people suffer horrific injuries that are hard to describe.
Doctors who have treated them say that the conditions are often horrific.

Hiking and climbing can feel great, but without adequate information it can be dangerous.
Furthermore, be careful when traveling in rural areas.
Be sure to get local information before you go.

What to do if you meet a bear
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