(PICTURE: This picture would be really ironic if I get mauled by a bear.)
One of the first things Yuya ever told me was to wear a bell when I go hiking. He said that almost every day someone gets mauled by a bear. Frankly, I don't like those numbers and I'd be pretty bummed out if a bear ripped my limbs off. I think that would put a damper on my Japan experience.
Yuya also told me recently that, "This is the most dangerous time for bears because they are hunting before they start hibernating." Okay, I know I'm no zoologist but if I was a bear I would keep my ear out for bells to help fill up before winter.