chapter  XVII
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Fuji except in our memories. The prohibition on this point was extremely strict and few people who broke the rule escaped detection. On one occasion a young lady connected with the Diplomatic Corps smuggled her camera to Hayama and took a photograph from what she believed to be the security of her bedroom window. In next to no time a police~ man emerged from nowhere and demanded the camera and the film. The affair nearly turned into an unpleasant diplomatic incident, but the security police were eventually satisfied with the confiscation of the roll of film. I also heard of other occasions on which diplomats had tried to smuggle cameras to the seaside, only to be met on arrival by a smiling policeman who asked for the camera to be handed over for safe custody while the owner remained in the restricted area. For cameras the Japanese police always seemed to have a particularly keen sense ofsmell!