Namazue earthquake catfish picture -- Namazu with construction tools, portrayed as the legendary warrior Benkei.

Namazu , a mythical giant catfish who, according to Japanese tradition, causes earthquakes by thrashing about in its underground lair

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The Year in Volcanic Activity - In Focus - The Atlantic Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers and firefighters work among mountain lodges covered with volcanic ash near the peak of Mount Ontake on September (Reuters/Kyodo)

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An injured hiker is stretchered off the volcano slope.

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Today in Japan: 31 climbers who wanted to see the first signs of autumn on top of Mount Ontake, a volcano, have been found dead after the mountain erupted unexpectedly yesterday.

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Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers and firefighters conduct rescue operations at mountain lodges covered with volcanic ash, as volcanic smoke rises near the peak of Mount Ontake in Nagano and Gifu prefectures, Sept.

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