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Visiting American hiker: (Noticing other hikers carrying bells on their bag) What’s the bell for?

Japanese hiker: (Laughs.) That’s to scare the bears away.

American hiker: Nobody said anything about bears!

Mount Sanpo-iwadake, Ishikawa/Gifu prefectures. Overheard by Japan Times On Sunday reader Peter Hughes

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