Drinkers might be savoring the opportunity to maintain a social life amid the coronavirus pandemic, but authorities have been less welcoming.
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With their wide, open spaces, large parks have become crowded with people hanging out under the sun, something that is likely to increase during the upcoming Golden Week holidays.
International travel may not be in the cards for the time being amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but holders can, on paper, access a record 193 countries without a visa.
People viewing the blossoms in Tokyo share with The Japan Times their feelings on this year's subdued festivities.
Yugen Padhye won the 12th Japan Spelling Bee on March 6, after correctly spelling the winning word — "dodecahedron."
The "biobattery-powered microneedle patch" allows a vaccine to be absorbed faster than with the medical patches currently available commercially.
Services will be held remotely in Kyoto, and prayers will be sent to the "space temple" to be saved in its memory.
The distinctive seasonal flowers are expected to open on March 23 this year in the capital, as well as in Kochi and Fukuoka prefectures, reaching full bloom eight days later on March 31.