We were going to visit one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world. I had no idea how interesting it would be. Sakurajima (which means Cherry Blossom Island) has a history that belies its docile name. The volcano is not technically an island since the 1914 eruption connected it to the mainland. Sakurajima sits in the middle of a large bay on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan.
The day was bright and clear as our adventure began. Our new friends were to be our tour guides. Kennard was from Singapore and worked for the Japanese government with our daughter Rachel. His wife Tomoe was from Japan.