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Japan experienced widespread warmth on Tuesday, February 13, with temperatures in Tokyo's city center resembling those of early April, raising questions: Has spring already arrived?

A surge of tourists from China and beyond are exploring Japan during the Lunar New Year, with Tokyo's Tsukiji Outer Market experiencing a particularly lively atmosphere, with long lines for beef skewers priced over 5,000 yen.

Stones once destined for the walls of Osaka Castle, but never used and hence nicknamed the "unfortunate stones," are set to be repurposed for restroom facilities at next year's Osaka-Kansai Expo, sparking a backlash from concerned citizens.

East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has initiated a trial at Ikebukuro Station and other locations, employing avatar robots remotely operated by station staff to assist passengers with ticket purchases and other inquiries.

On the final day of the three-day weekend, Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu City was bustling with visitors eagerly awaited Minnie's parade, marking the 40th anniversary celebrations of Tokyo Disney Resort drawing to a close. Many had booked hotels to fully enjoy the park over the holiday.

Lake Biwa, in Shiga Prefecture, has become the majestic backdrop for the arrival of whooper swans, often referred to as "messengers of winter."

In celebration of its 30th anniversary as a World Heritage site, Himeji Castle has, for the first time, opened its "Western Small Keep" to the public.

The much anticipated preview of the new "Yakumo" limited express train was held at JR Osaka Station on Saturday, mesmerizing enthusiasts with its futuristic design.