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Tokyo winterscape

Last Saturday, me and my husband rented a car and went to Okutama (the far western part of Tokyo prefecture) to enjoy a 4 hour hike to the top of Mitou-san. I was hoping to see koyo (red leaves) but the season was already over due to the cold weather in that particular mountain area.. I could catch only the glimpses of the beautiful red and orange momiji, mostly at the entrance of the national park.

Most of the trees were already naked so the trail was covered in a tick carpet of dry brown leaves. The incredible smell of the fallen leaves made me nostalgic, remembering my trips to Pavlovsk with my school friends. We used to go there in the beginning of Autumn to look for treasures for our herbarium albums. ^-^

The weather could not have been better. The air was crisp and cold but the sun was warm – the perfect combination for the hike.

We chose the longest ascent and took pictures at several lookouts. The winter forest is truly magical – wherever you look, you can see bright blue sky through the branches and the playful sunlight hiding in between the tree trunks. ^-^

At the top of the mountain, we had a small picnic and enjoyed a breathtaking view to the Mount Fuji. Thanks to the clear sky it was perfectly visible. ^-^

On our way back, we took the famous woodchip road – a therapeutic attraction to the elderly tourists. ^-^ It’s a road covered in soft woodchips that takes you through the pine forest and offers a magnificent view to the mountains. It’s a nice treat after a steep descent.

Speaking of treats! At the exit station, we thoroughly enjoyed fried rice cakes, steaming roasted tea and these wonderful sun-dried persimmons. ^-^

Unfortunately, in the evening, we got into a horrible traffic jam so I strongly suggest to go there by train and then catch a scheduled bus. There is a beautiful Okutama lake to see besides the three mountain area so the commute will be definitely worth your while.

179 Comments Post a comment
  1. climate change …..but beautiful in provided change energy science process in the world..

    January 12, 2012
  2. This was a beautiful adventure as your partner in pictures and trips. The photos showed a great love for nature. I especially liked how you added to pictures of yourself in the sequence of pictures, well done. Thank you for sharing, as part of my WordPress family. In finishing, I was left with the wish that I could have been there, if but for a brief time in sharing this with you. Blessings in all your future journeys.

    January 12, 2012
  3. Looks stunning. I SO want to visit Japan one day.

    January 12, 2012
  4. This is a lovely post. I also enjoy hiking in winter, as long as the ground underfoot on the descent is not too treacherous. The canyons and low mountains in our part of Arizona are best for a winter hike, as is just about anywhere in the Sonoran Desert to the south of us.

    January 12, 2012
  5. How beautiful! I am so looking forward to living I. Japan – soon. I love your photos!

    January 12, 2012
  6. Thanks for sharing!

    January 12, 2012
  7. Gorgeous photos! The mountain in the distance photo is extraordinary!

    January 12, 2012
  8. Love the photo of Fuji-san. Reminds me of my visit to Japan a few years ago – maybe I’ll put some of the photos up on my blog :)

    January 12, 2012
  9. Thanks for sharing beautiful scenes from Japan. I lived there for a few years as a young child, so I don’t remember much. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

    January 12, 2012
  10. Amazing.
    Congrats on being freshly pressed ^-^

    January 12, 2012
    • Thank you! I wonder what happened? The post is not even “fresh” hehe. Got huge access – feel like I need to post something new…

      January 12, 2012
  11. How long have you lived in Japan? Neat blog will come back again.

    January 12, 2012
    • 10 years and counting. ^-^ Thanks for visiting!

      January 12, 2012
      • Wow amazing. 10 years…I guess you already know a fluent japannese, even if we are talking about a really hard language, well, that’s my opinion though 😛

        have a nice day

        January 13, 2012
  12. Great pictures! Nice post!
    I want to go to Japan!
    -III
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    January 12, 2012
  13. hermosausaadmin #

    Lovely pictures! Mt. Fuji is truly stunning. The sun-dried persimmons had me wondering how they keep the local wildlife from partaking of the fruit ^-^. I was fascinated by the pine cones that look like candy root beer barrels.

    January 12, 2012
  14. What gorgeous captures! :)

    January 12, 2012
  15. Thank you, Natalia for these lovely pictures of Tokyo. I especially loved to one of Mt. Fugi! I plan to travel the world one day…as soon as I find a way! I’m working on it! I will most definitely visit Tokyo and perhaps I’ll make it to the same spot where you took that picture and can see the amazing view for myself!

    Wishing you a lovely rest of your day,
    Darling

    January 12, 2012
    • Thank you Darling! If you decide to come to Tokyo, let me know! I can share some tips! ^-^

      January 12, 2012
      • I’ll be sure to do that! Any tips you can give would be helpful and make my experience even better.

        Thanks so much,
        Darling

        January 16, 2012
  16. Love your Fuji-san photo! Have you climbed it yet? My husband and I lived in Japan (Funabashi) for a year and couldn’t help falling in love with the country and it’s people. Climbing Fuji was definitely a highlight for us. Now that I’ve found your blog through Freshly Pressed, I can hardly wait to read more of it.

    January 12, 2012
    • Thank you very much! I haven’t climbed Mount Fuji yet but I love hiking to the smaller mountains. Tokyo countryside is so beautiful…

      January 12, 2012
  17. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    January 12, 2012
  18. I love the taste of dried persimmon. That’s probably one of the foods I miss the most from Japan.

    January 12, 2012
  19. Just gorgeoous. I’ve never given thought that Tokyo could be beautiful. I’ve always had a different image in my head. thank you for posting this.

    val
    http://valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

    January 12, 2012
  20. Rose #

    Great shot of Mt Fuji – but no snow topped mountaintop- global warming at it’s best?

    January 12, 2012
  21. I love your photo of Fuji-san. When I lived in Japan, we had a clear view of mountain and I always felt like it held ancient wisdom…and if I was willing to listen, it would share its secrets with me.! ~Linda Joyce

    January 12, 2012
  22. i love your blog!! japan is one of my favourite countries in the world. how did you migrate there and what is your job? i’m so jealous of you :)

    January 12, 2012
    • I got internship after University and then the company asked me to stay.. I am a graphic designer. ^-^

      January 12, 2012
  23. I’m intrigued by the strange small pinecones.

    January 12, 2012
  24. Beautiful shots!

    January 12, 2012
  25. Right Thinking #

    Love Mount Fuji!

    January 12, 2012
  26. you know… i like mount Fuji because of it’s blue and clear sky..

    January 12, 2012
  27. blue far and cool up …

    January 12, 2012
  28. Dee #

    The photograph of the peak really caught my eye, it’s beautiful!

    January 12, 2012
  29. When I saw the featured photo after signing out, I freaked out and said, “Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness! I have to sign back in!! That picture is beautiful!!!!”

    January 12, 2012
  30. Thanks so much for sharing your photos! Beautiful! I spent sometime in Southeast Asia but never made it beyond the airport in Japan and I’ve always dreamed of going. Your post put it back at the top of my list!

    January 12, 2012
  31. Beautiful picture of Fuji-san :)

    January 12, 2012
  32. Hi,

    congrats on being freshly pressed..

    The Mt. Fuji photo is really great!!

    January 12, 2012
  33. Love your photos, they are so beautiful.

    January 12, 2012
  34. Nice sharing. love ur pics co much.. wish be there some day ^-^

    January 12, 2012
  35. great pics.

    January 12, 2012
  36. wow beautiful…

    January 12, 2012
  37. Congratulations on being freshly pressed. Great photos of Mount Fuji. I liked the one titled “Fujisan”.

    Regards,
    Salil
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    Connect via – http://facebook.com/morpheachweekprojekt

    January 12, 2012
  38. These photos are beautiful! I love reading about your travels, it makes me feel less stationary when I can journey through your photographs.

    January 12, 2012
  39. Gorgeous photos. They make me very nostalgic for Japan.

    January 12, 2012
  40. Lovely. What was the brown spheres growing on the evergreen-esque tree?

    January 12, 2012
  41. Nice photos. I moved to Beijing about a year and a half ago and hope to visit Japan sometime this year.

    January 12, 2012
  42. Wow. Kirei na keshiki! I want to go Tokyo someday. I live in Kitakyushu. I went to Kagoshima this new year’s eve. There is Sakurajima mountain. It has beautiful sights there. You should go too. :)

    January 12, 2012
  43. It’s beautiful, thanks for sharing with someone for whom long walks are nothing but a sad memory. My brother had a stroke almost 5 years ago now and he loved walking. I manage a blog for him for which he writes and then I type and upload his thoughts.

    January 12, 2012
  44. Neat photos of Japan. Like to visit one day.

    January 12, 2012
  45. Amazing Mt. Fiji. Truly shows how magnificent is our creator!

    January 12, 2012
  46. How wonderful pictures it is! ok

    January 12, 2012
  47. my friend this good page…..!!!
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    January 12, 2012
  48. Beautiful! Japan in the autumn was the most stunning thing I’d ever seen – evidently winter has its charms too! But I think spring still has the crown. I would love to go back for Sakura!

    January 12, 2012
  49. Your pictures are gorgeous =] Definitely makes me want to go to Tokyo just to hike!

    January 12, 2012
  50. Red Toenails #

    Great photos.

    January 12, 2012
  51. Winterscape to something amazing and beautiful. Stunning and serene landscape, great and warm smiles….

    January 12, 2012
  52. Thank you for sharing. I especially like the picture of Mount Fuji and of the sun-dried persimmons.

    Feel free to check out my blog at http://germch55.wordpress.com for virtual tours of New York.

    January 12, 2012
  53. Awesome pictures. Better than 0 degrees and snow :)

    January 12, 2012
  54. Your pictures are so beautiful. In some of them, I feel like I could reach out and touch a branch or leaf. It has a charming 3D effect. A few of the photos remind me of a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Your day looks very theraputic. Thank you for sharing!

    January 13, 2012
  55. Beautiful.

    Everytime I see photos of Japan and read about it, it inspires me to plan a return visit someday. Remarkable country in many ways.

    January 13, 2012
  56. Well done Natalie san. Totemo interesting. Watashi wa once on Fuji and Tsukuba san and thoroughly enjoyed my winter and early summer at those wonderful abodes. Nihongo edibles are totemo oishi desu :) and I still yearn for them back home. Japanese literature stole my heart also. Good to know you are in the land of rising sun. Sayonara.

    January 13, 2012
  57. Stunning views in these pictures. I’m going to China and Japan in October and will be making a trip here definitely!

    January 13, 2012
  58. Lovely post, Natalia! It made me wish I could walk this trail myself (maybe I will one day!). Time to go stalk, er, read the rest of your blog posts.

    Also, could you possibly be more adorable? I think not!

    – Meghan

    January 13, 2012
  59. Very lovely! :)

    January 13, 2012
  60. Nice post and stunning pictures!

    January 13, 2012
  61. It looks lovely. Getting outside always seems to be worth the effort.

    January 13, 2012
  62. Beautiful photos…

    January 13, 2012
  63. I love the shot of Mt. Fuji, it must be truly breathtaking to see in person.

    January 13, 2012
  64. Ahh what a fun and refreshing hike! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

    I LOVE hiking and being surrounded by nature.

    A hike followed by a picnic on top a mountain sounds sooooo romantic!

    January 13, 2012
  65. Great photos showing a side of Japan that I have never seen.
    Congrats on the FP!

    January 13, 2012
  66. Abed Saragih #

    I like this article :)

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    January 13, 2012
  67. I enjoyed the photos on your post.Japan is a wonderful country it has everything you could want from scenery to modern cities and of course Ramen. Have you experienced Sakura yet? The photos I have seen of that look amazing.

    January 13, 2012
  68. Hap #

    That is a remarkable photo of Mt. Fuji.

    It appears that you and your husband are making the most of your time in Tokyo. Japan is second on my overseas travel list. Right behind New Zealand.

    January 13, 2012
  69. J #

    Wow, those photos are stunning!

    January 13, 2012
  70. very interesting and lovely photos…thanks for sharing :)

    January 13, 2012
  71. Beautiful pictures, It looks like youve had a blast and seen some awesome things!

    January 13, 2012
  72. I’ve always been a fan of Tokyo, I have a friend over there who’s studying, I believe. When I heard about the Tokyo disasters, I was worried that most of the sights would have been destroyed but this post has destroyed those worries.

    Tokyo is still a beautiful place, keep posting as I’d love to hear some updates.

    TheAmazingJoLuCo
    http://inexplicablyinsane.com/insanity/

    January 13, 2012
  73. Your photograph of Fuji san is incredible. When I visited in early Autumn, the day started out sunny but quickly deteriorated into a very dull and overcast day. I couldn’t see a thing. Thanks for sharing.

    January 13, 2012
  74. It’s funny how we were hoping colors would have changed enough in Kyoto when we got there right around the time that you wrote this post. We were strategically planning our visits to different parts of the city to see momiji.

    Japan is an amazing country. Enjoy your time there!

    Jean

    January 13, 2012
  75. Kevin #

    Great photographs! I was in Japan twice these last two years, and never had as clear a view of Fuji as that (except on Shinkansen to Kyoto from Tokyo). One time was in mid summer (hazy and hot!), and the other was fairly early in spring, but Fuji was not visible from where I was stying). I’m hoping to go back soon!

    January 13, 2012
  76. I love Tokyo (and Japan)!! I had the opportunity to visit twice in the past couple years, and it is just an amazing country. That’s absolutely incredible, and what gorgeous pictures too!

    January 13, 2012
  77. The photo you have of Mount Fuji looks worthy of a postcard! Thank you so much for sharing this. I wish you all the best in your Japan endeavors :-)

    January 13, 2012
  78. Nice, thanks for sharing.

    January 13, 2012
  79. Your Mont Fuji poto is like a postcard, lovely lovely.Thanks for sharing!

    January 13, 2012
  80. It’s amazing and relaxing, though they are pictures..
    I wish I could be there ^__^

    January 13, 2012
  81. it’s nice..

    January 13, 2012
  82. should I turn around or walk away, praising the beauty,..

    thanks for sharing.

    awesome!

    -rD

    January 13, 2012
  83. I think your picture of Mount Fuji has just convinced me as to where my next adventure should take place. Your pictures of Tokyo have inspired a wanderlust in my soul, and I sincerely thank you for taking the time to put to write this post and share your delightful pictures.

    Even though I saw your post on Freshly Pressed, I am excited to go back through your previous blog posts and learn more about your adventures in Tokyo. Thanks again for sharing!

    January 13, 2012
  84. I just came across this blog; nice to see Tokyo again! I lived there in 1997, 1998 and 2000 and visited in 1999, 2001-2004, and in 2008. Always fun to see someone else’s take on my adopted home away from home:)

    http://photomatte.wordpress.com/

    January 13, 2012
  85. moer #

    When I saw the featured photo after signing out, I freaked out and said, “Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness! I have to sign back in!! That picture is beautiful!!!!”

    January 13, 2012
  86. Despite the turnout, your photos are still beautiful. Indeed, nature is beautiful all the more here in Tokyo.
    * Living in Tokyo | Housing Options *

    January 13, 2012
  87. Your picture of Mount Fuji is wonderful! I really want to go to Japan now.

    January 13, 2012
  88. Wonderful photos! I’m planning a trip to Japan this year and this is inspiring.

    January 13, 2012
  89. i love this! (especially the pics) thanks for sharing. it made me nostalgic of my trip to japan in 2010. i sincerely hope i can go back and visit places like this one you just had.. :-)

    January 13, 2012
  90. Your article and your pictures are wonderful. Thank you for sharing
    CC
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    January 13, 2012
  91. writingisl0ve #

    I love the pictures and description of your trip. It felt like I was there as well. Japan has always been a favorite destination of mine, and I love reading others who detail their times there! This definitely puts this on my bucket list of places to go, I have to say!

    January 13, 2012
  92. This looks beautiful! I’ve been to China many times, but not Japan. Looks like I’ll need to go check that out as well. So do you speak or write Japanese?

    January 13, 2012
  93. Great stuff! I just got back from Tokyo myself, its such a photogenic location. You can see some of them here:

    http://trentobento.wordpress.com/

    January 13, 2012
  94. Wow, that shot of Mt Fuji is just breathtaking!

    January 13, 2012
  95. goss41 #

    Those Photos are amazing!!

    January 13, 2012
  96. well said. nice post, i enjoy it.
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    January 13, 2012
  97. I love Japan :) !

    January 13, 2012
  98. Simply Wow!!

    January 13, 2012
  99. That picture of Mt. Fuji is so gorgeous. I mean… wow. Breath taking is cliche, but accurate.

    January 13, 2012
  100. good and great article thanks very much …

    January 13, 2012
  101. Beautiful nature photos. It still manages to be gorgeous even if you did miss the height of the autumn leafage. I especially love the pine picture. the cones (?) look like little bells.

    January 13, 2012
  102. Japan looks stunning!

    January 13, 2012
  103. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

    January 13, 2012
  104. Very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    January 13, 2012
  105. I miss Tokyo so much. It was the best city I have ever been to with the nicest people.

    January 14, 2012
  106. wow….. lovely pics….

    January 14, 2012
  107. ah, genki desu! That shot of Fuji really is top notch, I love Japan :)

    January 14, 2012
  108. Fujisan’s photo was really good, so beautiful…

    January 14, 2012
  109. What amazing plant life. I hope I can see it up close one day.

    January 14, 2012
  110. Beautiful pictures! This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing! :)

    January 14, 2012
  111. mulyohadi #

    Very nice pictures

    January 14, 2012
  112. I love hiking in Japan! Have you been to Mt. Takao?

    January 14, 2012
  113. Looks like you had a great time. 😉 Beautiful pics!!

    January 14, 2012
  114. The Mountain was Beautiful!

    January 14, 2012
  115. Beautiful.

    January 14, 2012
  116. Great photos! I was in Japan in October and loved going to Nikko for the scenery, but unfortunately the leaves hadn’t changed colors quite yet.

    January 14, 2012
  117. Beautiful. I’d be looking mighty happy too if I’d taken that walk. I’m so glad that you took the time to take the shots, and to share them with us. I appreciate the time and effort so much.

    January 14, 2012
  118. I love the picture Mountain and Cloud ^_^

    January 14, 2012
  119. placetoeatvn #

    Nice photos in Japan.

    January 14, 2012
  120. My wife and I LOVED Japan. Loved your photos!

    January 14, 2012
  121. Pretty!

    January 14, 2012
  122. Wonderful pictures!

    January 14, 2012
  123. loved this blog as I’m a huge fan of trees, nature, anything outdoorsy….so beautiful!

    January 14, 2012
  124. Have you been to lake Kawaguchiko? You would have stunning views of Mt Fuji on a day as this one. These pictures remind me of a hike I did in Kyoto over 19 years ago. Indeed Japan countryside can be refreshingly surprising.

    January 14, 2012
  125. Stunning – I lived in South Korea for a bit and it brings back wonderful memories – Gorgeous x

    January 15, 2012
  126. Your photographs are stunning! I love the trees and the leaves, and I love how tree branches twist and turn each and every way so that every angle creates a different view of the tree. Currently living with a girl who’s lived there a long time ago but it’s so nice to see images of Tokyo! Society usually provides one view of a city or culture, but there’s always so much more.

    January 15, 2012
  127. ecetopuzlu #

    Simply beautiful pictures… I love them!

    January 15, 2012
  128. Very nice pictures !

    January 15, 2012
  129. Beautiful pics- thanks for sharing your trip! I was an exchange student to Japan in high school and loved the Hakone area. So beautiful. Japan has many interesting and beautiful places to see.

    January 15, 2012
  130. srbanks #

    Very nice. I was in Japan twenty years ago and remember it as quite pretty in places.

    January 15, 2012
  131. REALLY AMAZING NATURE PICTURE!!!!… :)

    January 15, 2012
  132. Aish Japan is my most absolute favourite country! One I will visit it too. Those little round pine cones are so fascinatingly cute!! lol

    January 15, 2012
  133. Mount Fuji photo is just awesome !!! Loved it !!! great work

    January 15, 2012
  134. Thank you for sharing… wow you have a lots of comments, want to have a lot of comments too, would you share the tips? :))

    January 15, 2012
  135. christinaiko #

    the scenery is breathtaking. I hope i can one day visit the mother land and see where my ancestors were originally from.

    January 15, 2012
  136. cool pics and nicely described…would love to see this place…thanks for sharing

    January 15, 2012
  137. Wow!! This is so nice! Love japan! And love the photos

    January 15, 2012
  138. Beautiful and serene, there is
    just something about Japan –
    I can’t get it out of my head that
    there is some similarity between
    Japan and the UK – the magic –
    the history – just something.

    January 16, 2012
  139. so beautiful!!

    January 16, 2012
  140. Beautiful. This reminds me of hiking Takao-san a couple of years ago, and makes me fiercely miss Japan. I love the culture of the elderly climbing mountains over there!

    January 16, 2012
  141. Awesome pics! I really like the fourth pic down! I wish there was a way to maximize the size. The colors are perfect. Good Work!

    January 16, 2012
  142. Many place beautiful in Tokyo. Amazing winter.

    January 16, 2012
  143. Beautiful pics, Japan is such a magical place=)

    January 16, 2012
  144. I really love your photos! Arigatou! :)

    January 16, 2012
  145. Very beautiful photos , Japan is a wonderful country I live there for three months
    and would like to go back one day .

    January 16, 2012
  146. dirtsa #

    i love Japan! You inspire me a lot with your pictures! :)

    January 16, 2012
  147. Looks absolutely beautiful! I have always wanted to go! Maybe Jake will travel there sometime soon.
    http://jaketravellingtheworld.wordpress.com/

    January 17, 2012
  148. It always amazes me how much a like different parts of the world are. Your pictures reminded me of walking in the mountains in Virginia. Very beautiful, both your pictures and the mountains of Virginia!

    January 17, 2012
  149. Beautiful photos and article! My favorite is the Mt. Fuji pic!

    Oklahoma City Locksmith

    January 17, 2012
  150. Congratulations making freshly pressed! Thank you for sharing beautiful photos to a place most of us will never see.

    January 17, 2012
  151. Beautiful stunning pictures!! Congratulations

    January 17, 2012
  152. That view of Mt. Fuji is truly majestic.

    January 17, 2012
  153. Beautiful photographs.Drop by my blog sometimes.Cheers

    January 17, 2012
  154. Nice Post :)

    January 17, 2012
  155. What camera are you using?

    January 17, 2012
    • Lumix GF1 with Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm and Lumix G 20mm lenses but these are Japanese models, they may go under different names in the US.

      January 17, 2012
  156. such beautiful photographs, if you have any tips on great budget place to stay in Japan I’d love to hear them…Great post. Christine xxx

    January 17, 2012
  157. Très belles photos, très beaux paysages.. très bel article merci pour l’invitation au voyage!
    (I will try in english : beautiful pictures, beautiful country, great job thank you for the trip !)

    January 18, 2012
  158. Hi, i love the pictures you took!

    January 18, 2012
  159. Wooow… nice shoot.. hehe
    But I have too a bautiful country..
    INDONESIA..
    May be you would to visit it..
    😀

    January 20, 2012
    • I just came from Bali – beautiful place!

      January 21, 2012
  160. Beautiful Pictures! Love the photo of the Mount Fuji! Love tokyo and love your blog lol

    http://thesweetmadnessofmia.wordpress.com/

    Anda

    January 25, 2012
  161. Amazing pictures. Makes me want to go to Tokyo right away :)

    January 26, 2012
  162. Wonderful pictures! I am leaving for Japan in a week and I hope to see beautiful nature such as this during our trip.

    January 27, 2012
    • Thank you! How long are you gonna stay in Japan? Right now, it is the best time to visit a hot spring in Hakone or Nikko. You can combine it with a hike to the mountains or go see waterfalls. ^-^

      January 27, 2012
  163. lovely!!!

    February 23, 2012
  164. Outstanding post, I think people should acquire a lot from this web blog its real user genial .

    February 29, 2012

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