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The time in Japan is 06:02, Friday, February 12th
The next national holiday is Mar 20, Shunbun no Hi (Vernal Equinox).

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The animals of the Chinese zodiac

With the Chinese New Year approaching on February 8th, it seems like a good time to take a look at the origins of the Chinese zodiac. In Japan too the 12-year cycle, with each year represented by a different animal, is popular and widely seen at this time of year. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.


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Winter Weather Delays

Winter weather delaysWhile we're enjoying unseasonably warm weather here in south London, heavy snow and extreme cold has been disrupting life in Japan and the U.S., particularly in the northeast. We are advised that due to winter storm Jonas, delivery delays are being experienced across the east coast of the U.S. All USPS plants have reopened and some delivery services have been resumed but deliveries will be limited by local road conditions.

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3 in a Row for Studio Ghibli

Omiode-no-Marnie-posterStudio Ghibli have done it again! For the third year in a row, Japan's most famous anime studio has got a best animated film Academy Award nomination, this time for Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There). This year's nominations were announced in Beverly Hills last week and the awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 28.

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Hanten JacketSTORE

If you want to stay warm and cosy this winter, there's no better way than with a padded cotton hanten jacket.

Warmer even than a down or fleece jacket, hanten have been worn in the cold north of Japan for more than a century. Read more...


Japan changes prime ministers the way most of us change our shirt. And not many of them get a second bite at the apple.

So the second term of Abe Shinzo was always going to be noteworthy. Even more so now that it has seen a shift back to conservatism, controversy and possible conflict with Japan's East Asian neighbors. Read more...


Sumo may be Japan's traditional sport, with its centuries-old history and deeply ingrained rituals. But for the last decade the top ranks have been completely dominated by Mongolian-born stars. Until now.

Will the long-awaited tournament win by a native-born wrestler ignite new interest in the sport? Read more...

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