Inter-prefecture Trips Down During Spring Holidays

Inter-prefecture trips down during spring holidays

A major Japanese cell-phone carrier has found that trips between prefectures during the holiday period from the end of April to early May were significantly down from last year.

KDDI examined data from users' smartphones for the spring holiday period that ended on May 6. During this period, people were urged to stay home amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Inter-prefecture Trips Down During Spring Holiday

Inter-prefecture trips down during spring holiday

A major Japanese cell-phone carrier has found that trips between prefectures during the holiday period from the end of April to early May were significantly down from last year.

KDDI examined data from users' smartphones for the spring holiday period that ended on May 6. During this period, people were urged to stay home amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Spring High School Baseball Tournament Canceled

Spring high school baseball tournament canceled

The organizers of Japan's annual spring invitational high school baseball tournament have canceled this year's event amid the spread of the new coronavirus.

The organizers planned to hold the popular event at Koshien Stadium in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, without spectators in response to the outbreak.

Fujifilm X-t4 Could Be Released This Coming Spring

Fujifilm X-T4 Could Be Released This Coming Spring

Back in 2018, Fujifilm announced the X-T3 mirrorless digital camera. In 2019, we started hearing rumors that a successor to the camera could be in the works and that it might be released towards the end of 2020. However, it seems that we might be seeing the camera a lot earlier than expected.

According to a report from Fuji Rumors, the publication cites a trusted source who tells them that the X-T4 (or whatever the successor will be called) could begin shipping out to customers this coming March or in the Spring of 2020. This is considerably earlier than the previous rumor, where if we had followed Fujifilm’s release timeline, the X-T4 would most likely arrive in September at the earliest.

Xi Ready To Make State Visit To Japan Next Spring

Xi ready to make state visit to Japan next spring

The leaders of Japan and China discussed an upcoming state visit Thursday, as the pair met in Osaka. President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Japan next year as a state guest.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "We'd like to welcome you to Japan as a state guest next year around the time cherry blossoms are in bloom and elevate Japan-china relations to a higher level."

Rm Auctions Has Toyota Land Cruiser Leftovers At The Spring Auburn Auction

RM Auctions has Toyota Land Cruiser leftovers at the spring Auburn auction

RM Auctions just held a spring auction in Auburn, Ind., and while many of the lots found new homes, some haven't. Among them were a surprising number of classic Toyota Land Cruisers. And since they haven't sold, they're yours for the taking if you want. Check them out in greater detail below.

This 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser is a particularly clean example of the two-door, short-wheelbase 70 Series Land Cruiser. This model was never offered in the U.S. originally, so it is an import, but it's one that will be easy to live with since it's left-hand drive. It has a manual transmission, and is equipped with a gas-powered 3F engine like what you would find in U.S.-spec Land Cruisers, so it should be easy to maintain. It doesn't look like it will need much maintenance, though, as it looks amazingly clean particularly under the truck and in the interior. It also happens to be a one-owner, unrestored example with Old-Man Emu suspension, lift shackles and all-terrain tires.

Winter Cold In Spring

Winter cold in spring

Cold air has blanketed Tokyo and its surrounding regions. Some mountainous areas saw unseasonal snowfall.

Temperatures plunged to mid-winter levels on Wednesday. The temperature in central Tokyo was 4.9 degrees Celsius at 2 p.m.

Govt. Compiles Measures For 10-day Spring Holidays

Govt. compiles measures for 10-day spring holidays

The Japanese government has drawn up measures to minimize possible disruption to people's daily lives during the 10-day holidays from April 27 when the Imperial abdication and enthronement events will be held.

The government plans to provide additional subsidies for daycare facilities to assist parents who will have to work during this period.

Flowers Bloom As Spring Starts

Flowers bloom as spring starts

Various flowers have entered full bloom in many parts of Japan, with warm weather seen in wide areas. Monday also marked the beginning of spring -- known as Risshun -- in the lunar calendar.

In Nobeoka City in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki, temperatures neared 19 degrees Celsius, which is as warm as early April.

Yuzu To Hold Dome Tour In Spring

Yuzu to hold dome tour in spring

Yuzu will hold a dome tour called 'Yuzu Hikigatari Dome Tour 2019 Yuzu Nomi' starting in May. 

The two made the announcement on December 19 when they made a live appearance on AbemaTV. Kitagawa Yujin announced, "We talked it over with the staff, and we, Yuzu, have made a big decision. Next spring, we will hold the first dome tour in Japanese history where we sing to our own accompaniment."