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The current time in Japan is 17:09, Friday on April 10th 2020
The next national holiday is Apr 29, Showa no Hi (Showa Day).

Japan Update

People wear face masks to protect others as much as themselves.

It's the time of year when millions of Japanese people usually visit parks and other scenic spots where cherry trees are in bloom for "hanami"", or cherry blossom parties. And, even with the ongoing corona virus scare, many people in Tokyo at least are indeed gathering.

There are mixed reports about just what the situation is with the virus in Japan. This was one recent look at the issue.

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5 Most Scenic Spots in Karuizawa

Karuizawa has long been a popular getaway spot for Tokyo residents. A big part of the attraction is the fresh mountain air and the amazing scenery of the region. We made a selection of the best to help you make the most of a trip to the area.

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The Latest News & Entertainment from Japan

Story Teller Project

Story Teller ProjectI assume this has actually already been done before, but it strikes me as a clever idea: mix manga and pop. Story Teller Project describe themselves as a "rookie masked band" whose style is "poetry reading and singing, combined with comic pictures!"

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The End of an Era

Emperor Akihito of Japan becomes the first in living memory, indeed in centuries, to abdicate from the throne, bringing the 30-year Heisei Era to a close. His son, Crown prince Naruhito, will formally ascend to the throne at midnight tonight, marking the beginning of the new Reiwa Era.

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Fried Sushi

Fried Sushi This comic shows the very common sight of a housewife "bashing" her futon. The thick, padded mattresses are regularly hung outside and beaten with a large baton-like device to get rid of dust and mites. Despite the joke in the comic, futons are generally pretty comfortable!

Fried Sushi Fried Sushi, a one-panel comic strip that pokes lighthearted fun at Japanese culture, was created by Liam Akin with reverence for the beautiful, unique, yet often baffling world that is Japan.

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