Messengers of early spring -- Feb 21
Plum trees bloom at Kairakuen, regarded as one of the nation's three finest gardens, on the first day of a plum festival in Mito on Saturday.

Visitors saw about 3,000 trees that were halfway to full bloom - harbingers of an early spring.

早春を告げる「第120回水戸の梅まつり」(同実行委員会主催)が20日、水戸市常磐­町の偕楽園を中心に開幕し、大勢の見物客が梅の花や香りを楽しんだ。3月31日まで。  園内には約100品種、計3千本の梅の木が並び、早咲きから遅咲きまで長期間にわたり­観梅を楽しめる。実行委によると、梅の開花率は19日現在で五分咲きで例年より早め。­まつり期間中は多彩な催しが予定される。
Feb 21
Tokyo Disney Resort operator Oriental Land will roll out a smartphone app in fiscal 2018 to relieve crowding issues that have frustrated guests at the popular theme park. (Nikkei)
Feb 16
Slightly increased volcanic activity has been reported at Mount Io in southwest Japan. (NHK)
Feb 12
Tourists and residents in Japan who don't speak Japanese no longer need to be concerned about missing out on earthquake and tsunami alerts. (Japan Times)
Feb 09
Famed wild deer in the city of Nara appear to be growing increasingly frustrated with tourists who make them wait to munch on crackers while trying to frame the perfect photo. (Japan Times)
Feb 06
While in Japan, you absolutely should visit Hiroshima's Miyajima island, but while there, you definitely shouldn't do this. (
Feb 05
Travelling has become a part of everyone's life; we can go on trips around our own country or to a foreign one. Despite the purposes of travelling, we usually want to prepare ourselves as quickly as possible to arrange all conveniences and important nuances, no matter whether it is a business trip, several hours travel, tourist trip or family journey. (
Feb 04
A bean-throwing event was held at Naritasan Shinshoji, a major Buddhist temple in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, on Sunday, the day of "Setsubun" in Japan. (Jiji)
Feb 03
Snow blanketed Tokyo and surrounding areas for the second time this winter on Friday, disrupting transport and forcing delays in entrance exams at educational institutions. (Japan Today)
Feb 02
Around 1,200 people lined up on Thursday morning at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo to see giant panda cub Xiang Xiang and mother Shin Shin, as a first-come, first-served system for viewing the animals kicked off. (Japan Times)
Feb 01
A group of geisha and their apprentices in Japan's ancient city of Kyoto have copied Buddhist scriptures to learn more about traditional culture. (NHK)