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                                A couple from Taiwan soaked their feet in a footbath at a Tamatsukuri hot spring resort.
Say ‘Cheese’ and ‘I do’

Amid recovering demand for tourism, a bridal company in Matsue, Shimane prefecture, is planning wedding photography tours for foreign tourists in Japan. Read more

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                                Japanese filmmaker, photographer and visual artist Mika Ninagawa’s most recent exhibition explores delicate and fleeting beauty.
Artist portrays everyday wonders

Flowers blossoming like pink chiffon, luscious berries and fluttering goldfish make for the delicate but defiant beauty that’s signature Mika Ninagawa. Read more

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                                A member of staff hangs a note on a work entitled Wish Trees for London, first realization Wish Tree 1996, exhibition realization 2024, at the Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind exhibition at the Tate Modern, the works of art are copyrighted by Yoko Ono in London. The Exhibition which has many interactive pieces and the public and participate in, runs from Feb.15, to Sept. 1.
New exhibition aims to bring Yoko Ono’s art out of Lennon’s shadow

More than 200 artworks — including film, music, soundscapes, paintings, drawings and sculptures — trace Ono’s career from the 1950s and 1960s New York, where her apartment became a hangout for bohemian artists, to Japan, where she brought together artists from east and west. Read more

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                                The dozens of visitors at a Tokyo Mipig Cafe on a recent morning took selfies and broke into huge smiles. The cafe requires reservations, and customers pay $15 for the first 30 minutes of a visit. Shiho Kitagawa, a Mipig executive, holds a pig.
At trendy cafes, customers cuddle pigs

First there were cafes that allowed pets. Then came cat cafes, where lattes took second place to feline interaction. The latest craze in Japan: The pig cafe. Read more

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2020
                                Singer Usher sings during a rehearsal to honor the late Kobe Bryant before an NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Usher announces post-Super Bowl North American tour

The R&B-pop icon will embark on his 24-city “Past Present Future” tour beginning Aug. 20 at the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. It will hit many major cities in North America before concluding in Chicago at United Center on Oct. 29. Read more

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                                Lucy Dacus, from left, Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, of boygenius, accept the award for best rock performance “Not Strong Enough” during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on in Los Angeles.
Women dominated the 2024 Grammy Awards. Is the tide turning?

Several women earned their very first Grammys, including Miley Cyrus, best new artist Victoria Monét, country artist Lainey Wilson and Karol G — also the first woman to win in best música urbana, a moment that may reflect changing perceptions of reggaetón and Latin hip-hop as exclusively “men’s music.” Read more

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                                The Grateful Dead performs in Oakland, Calif. The band has broken the record for the most Top 40 albums to chart on the Billboard 200. The Grateful Dead pulled out ahead of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra with 59 total Top 40 entries on the chart Monday following the No. 25 debut of their archival release “Dave’s Picks, Volume 49: Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford U., Palo Alto, CA (4/27/85 & 4/28/85).”
The Grateful Dead made Billboard chart history

The Grateful Dead pulled out ahead of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra with 59 total Top 40 entries on the chart Monday following the No. 25 debut of their archival release “Dave’s Picks, Volume 49: Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford U., Palo Alto, CA (4/27/85 & 4/28/85).” Read more

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                                Taylor Swift kisses Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce after an AFC Championship NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, in Baltimore. The Kansas City Chiefs won 17-10.
Taylor Swift greets Super Bowl-bound Travis Kelce with a kiss

Taylor Swift gave Travis Kelce a short peck and embraced him with a big hug after he and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens to advance to the Super Bowl, and then the two locked lips with a smooch seen around the football world. Read more

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                                Passengers get on Shinkansen bullet train at Shin Osaka Station in Osaka, western Japan on Aug. 7, 2021.
Express train tuned up to reduce motion sickness

The Yakumo express trains, notorious for plaguing passengers with motion sickness due to their considerable tilt on curved tracks, will launch a new type of car this spring to improve the ride. Read more

JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
                                Contemporary kimono designer Maria Kawahara at Kamigamo Shrine in Kita Ward, Kyoto.
Designer wraps kimono styles into current fashion trends

Maria Kawahara, a kimono designer, believes that the traditional garment can be worn more freely — with a belt, for instance, if one doesn’t have an obi, or even with boots or high heels instead of zori (traditional thong sandals). Read more

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                                An aquaculture farm in Japan is raising sea horses in preparation for the Year of the Dragon.
‘Baby dragons’ get ready for big year

A sea horse aquaculture farm in Minami-Kyushu, Kagoshima prefecture, is attracting tourists ahead of the Year of the Dragon because the Japanese word for sea horse is “tatsu no otoshigo,” which means “spawned baby dragon.” Read more


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