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We welcome our readers to the September/October 2016 edition of our website with the above seasonal image of Yayoi Kusama's pumpkin, a large sculpture in the courtyard of the Fukuoka Art Museum. The museum, within walking distance of your Habri team's residences in Fukuoka City, is now closed for refurbishment until March 2019. But the pumpkin stays in place!

While on the subject of art, please see our report under Attention! of the recent exhibition by the Dutch artist Yvonne Beelen in a rural museum near Fukuoka, and Hans Brinckmann and Hiromi Mizoguchi's bilingual poetry reading in the museum as a tribute to Yvonne.

Habri Diary's themes this time are the remarkable longevity of Japanese people; controversy around Emperor Akihito's expressed wish to abdicate; and the rising tensions in East Asia.