cherry blossom forecast:
https://weathernews.jp/s/topics/201801/170075/ (Japanese version only)
https://tenki.jp/sakura/expectation/(Japanese version only)
http://sakura.weathermap.jp/ (Japanese version only)
when and where to see cherry blossoms (Japanese version only):
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sapporo Snow Festival
photos: 北海道無料写真素材集 Do Photo (Japanese version only)
Shinmoe-dake (新燃岳) in Kyushu is still erupting. The shock waves generated by its eruption broke the school windows 11 kilometers from the valcano.
The Japan Sumo Association has decided to cancel the March Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka. This is the first time a sumo tournament will not be held since delayed renovation work of the Kokugikan Hall prevented the tournament from being held.
Sumo is facing a serious crisis with the match-fixing allegation again. There also have been rumors of match-fixing. Some evidence has surfaced that would support the allegation.