As you can see from some of our pictures that we live near Sakurajima, an active volcano that spews ash every day. A blessing for us is that they say it usually blows away from our town in the winters, and towards town in the summers. We will be here two winters and one summer. It hasn't been too bad, but one day I had to wear a medical face mask and use an umbrella. It looked like rain but was actually ash. We have had a lot of rain days, a lot of beautiful sunny days, and only a few ash days. it is really beautiful here. If you google earth, you can see Kagoshima City and Sakurajima volcano.