TRAVEL

Feb 15
Every third Saturday in February is Okayama Prefecture’s Hadaka Matsuri, Japan’s largest “naked festival.” Get ready to get naked! (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 14
Strong wind gusts have grounded over 65 domestic flights in Japan, national media reported on Sunday. (sputniknews.com)
Feb 14
Shopping patterns of Chinese visitors to Japan, known for “explosive buying,” or “bakugai” in Japanese, showed signs of change during this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year holidays that ended on Saturday. (Jiji Press)
Feb 12
Plum trees are reaching full bloom one month earlier than usual at a renowned garden in Osaka. (NHK)
Feb 11
The northern segment of Japan’s Honshu island – known as Tohoku – beckons nature lovers, shutterbugs and those looking to escape the stress of city life. This is thanks to its rugged mountains, dramatic coastlines, picturesque lakes and valleys, and numerous hot springs. (star2.com)
Feb 11
Police in Tokyo are stepping up crackdowns on illegal parking of sightseeing buses in popular districts as large numbers of Chinese visit Japan’s capital during the Lunar New Year holidays. (NHK)
Feb 10
A humanoid robot is offering boarding information to passengers at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. (NHK)
Feb 09
All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. will scrap fuel surcharges for their international flights from April to reflect the plummeting cost of jet fuel. (Asahi)
Feb 09
The operator of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will raise ticket prices for the third consecutive year to secure money for investing in the parks, based on projections that the solid stream of visitors will continue. (Nikkei)
Feb 08
Beginning in April, a sightseeing boat on the Katsuragawa river will allow passengers to view the Saruhashi bridge from the same angle that ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) depicted it in his work. (the-japan-news.com)