If it seems like everyone on your Instagram feed has been to Japan lately, that’s because, well, they have. The populous (126 million-strong) country has seen a dramatic uptick in tourism over the last five years, with overseas visitor numbers increasing threefold from 10.3 million in 2014 to 31.1 million in 2018. In February this year, the month before the tourist-heavy sakura (cherry blossom) season began, Japan saw a record 2.6 million visitors, up 3.8 per cent on February 2018. While the UK currently account for 1.1 per cent of visitors to the Land of the Rising Sun, (Korea and China make up over 50 per cent of annual foreign visitors), with the Rugby World Cup in September and the Olympics to be held there in 2020, that number is sure to grow in the coming years. April sees the most visitors to Japan as sakura season reaches full bloom making for incredibly pretty scenery. Another spike in visitor numbers is October, when the autumn leaves turn gold and Japan is also … [Read more...] about How to spend 7 days in Japan: your ultimate week-long itinerary
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It's Mother's Day on Sunday and there's plenty of things to do in Coventry and Warwickshire to spoil your mum. Whether you're in a last minute rush to the shop to buy a card, or super organised and have already got the day planned, we've got ideas to make it extra special. Treat your mum to a day out or a few days away this Mother's Day (Sunday, March 31). It is a great way to show mum just how much you care about her, and the best part is that you can book a time and date that suits both of your schedules. We've picked out some spa days, days out and afternoon teas that are great value for money to help you make your choice. Whether you're looking for a pamper afternoon, or you want to soak up the sights in another city, you're bound to find something you like. Mother's Day lunch Sketchley Grange Hotel To celebrate Mother’s Day, Sketchley Grange Hotel and Spa is inviting mums to enjoy a blissful afternoon tailored especially to them. With mums from all over being spoilt rotten … [Read more...] about Mother’s Day events
Theresa May will make a desperate third bid to force her Brexit deal through the House of Commons today. On the day we should have quit the EU, the Prime Minister will instead use an emergency sitting to beg MPs to back her twice-defeated Withdrawal Agreement. Defeat would be the latest in a string of humiliations for her, and force crunch decisions ahead of a new, delayed cliff-edge date of April 12. At that point, the Government must either revoke Article 50, crash out under no deal or agree a long extension with the EU – which involves taking part in European elections. Victory would lock in an exit date of May 22 – yet it is still unclear this morning how Mrs May could win enough support. Meanwhile pro-Brexit protesters will descend on Westminster with a pipe band, a boat on the back of a lorry and far-right agitator Stephen Yaxley-Lennon. Here are 7 fast facts you need to know this Friday morning. 1. This was meant to be Brexit Day This was meant to be it. At 11pm … [Read more...] about 7 fast facts as Theresa May uses ‘Brexit Day’ for grim last stand on her deal
As flowers start to bloom and the sun brings back its warm rays, spring must be around the corner. But when does it actually start? Here's our guide. When is the first day of spring in 2019? How you define the start of spring depends on whether you follow the astronomical or meteorological seasons. Traditionally spring begins at the vernal equinox - which next year falls on March 20. Summer does not officially start until the solstice on June 21. Weathermen follow the meteorological calendar, which defines the seasons differently. It says spring starts on the same date every year - March 1 - and runs until May 31. How is the equinox date decided and why does it change each year? There are two equinoxes each year, around March 20-21 and September 22-23. They are when day and night are approximately 12 hours each everywhere on Earth. The word comes from the Latin for equal night. After the spring or vernal equinox, days are longer than nights in the northern hemisphere, … [Read more...] about When is the first day of spring in 2019, how’s the equinox date decided and does it change each year?
Want to read more?We value our content and access to our full site is only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards Subscribe NowWe are now more than a week into Lent and as promised in the last article, our modern day attempts at sacrifice and penance is the subject of this week’s offering. Regardless of our reasons for doing so, whether religious, social, personal or for health and well-being, giving ourselves set periods of time to do something, stop doing something, not eat this or not drink that, is generally good practice. It is also easier to fulfil such time periods of self-enforced sacrifice if lots of others are doing likewise at the same time. So, as with much of our behaviour, it shows signs of the sheep within us … [Read more...] about MacPhail – week 11