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Introducing Kagoshima

Japan's southernmost metropolis, sunny Kagoshima has a personality to match its climate, voted Japan's friendliest city in national polls. Its backdrop is Sakurajima, a very much living volcano just across the bay. Unfazed, locals raise their umbrellas against the mountain's recurrent eruptions, when fine ash coats the landscape like snow and obscures the sun like fog – creepy, yet captivating.