Japan’s Tallest ‘hina Doll’ Tower Rises 7 Meters High In Saitama

Japan’s tallest ‘hina doll’ tower rises 7 meters high in Saitama“Hina” doll fans will be in seventh heaven at the sight of a 7-meter-high “hinadan” pyramid--Japan’s tallest--set up at a mall here for Hina Matsuri, the traditional Girls' Day festival.
About 1,800 hina dolls from all over the country were carefully placed on each of the hinadan’s 31 red-carpeted tiers at the Elumi Konosu Shopping Mall on Feb. 16.
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Music Comes First For Back Number

Music comes first for back numberThree-piece rock band back number is gaining tremendous popularity among young people.
The band recently released its first greatest-hits album “Encore,” compiling 32 songs, including “Hanataba” (Bouquet) a tune that carried the band to fame, and “Christmas Song,” which gained popularity as the opening theme song for a TV drama. The album is a good piece for tracing the band’s history.
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Moon Over The Hill At 4.51 Billion Years Old

Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years oldIt turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old.
That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971.
A research team reported on Jan. 11 that the moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system. Previous estimates ranged within 100 million years, all the way out to 200 million years after the solar system’s creation, not quite 4.6 billion years ago.
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Hagoita - Ichi Paddles Wow Visitors At Fair

Hagoita-ichi paddles wow visitors at fairVarious hagoita wooden paddles decorated with the faces of people in the news this year amused visitors at the annual year-end Hagoita-ichi fair on its opening day at Sensoji temple in Taito Ward, Tokyo, on Saturday.
Colorfully decorated hagoita are being sold at the fair, which has about 25 stalls. The paddles feature designs including popular scenes from kabuki productions; portraits of samurai warrior Sanada Yukimura, who was active in the Sengoku warring states period (late 15th century to late 16th century); and comedian Pikotaro — whose “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” song became a big hit via the internet.
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