Week 21 of 2012 has now come to a close. Let’s take a quick look back at some of our highlighted stories, shall we? Here are some of the posts from between Monday, May 21st, to Friday, May 25th.
– Monday was certainly the highlight of the week for many in Japan. Those lucky enough to have clear skies were treated to the first annular solar eclipse since 1839.
– But it wasn’t just humans who were enthralled with the eclipse, a group of lemurs at the Japan Monkey Center in Aichi Prefecture treated visitors to their own unusual behavior.
– On Thursday morning a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan’s Aomori Prefecture. No tsunami warning had been issued, but luckily one didn’t occur.
– The new Tokyo Skytree attraction opened to the public for the first time on Tuesday. The 634 meter tall tower, now recognized as the tallest in the world, brought in 200,000 visitors on its inauguration.
– 73 year old Tamae Watanabe became the world’s oldest woman to climb to the peak of Mount Everest. And it wasn’t even her first time!
– Ashley’s Exploring Japan column shows the many different ways you can experience the Hakone area in Kanagawa Prefecture.
– The penguin known only as “number 337” was finally caught by two keepers from the Tokyo Sea Life Park after having escaped over 80 days ago, and more than 30 sightings in the Tokyo Bay.
– Tokyo is happily among the three final cities bidding to host the 2020 Olympics. But a poll by the International Olympic Committee reveals that Tokyo’s residents aren’t as enthusiastic over the idea.
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