Parks fill up as nation readies  for annual 'sakura' extravaganza

Apr 1, 2017

Parks fill up as nation readies for annual 'sakura' extravaganza

The nation's annual cherry blossom extravaganza, about to kick off with boozy parties across the country, will draw tourists from far and wide, but the annual coming-of-spring ritual isn't "official" until inspectors such as Hisato Nishii sign off on it. Over the past few weeks, ...

First spring storm of year hits Tokyo, other parts of Japan

Mar 2, 2013

First spring storm of year hits Tokyo, other parts of Japan

The year's first strong south winds, signaling the arrival of spring, cut through Tokyo and other parts of Japan on Friday, the weather agency said. Temperatures rose to 15.2 degrees in Tokyo, 18.8 in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, and 17.8 in Fukuoka, while winds swept ...