Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日 Shunbun no hi?) is a public holiday in Japan that occurs on the date of the vernal equinoxin Japan Standard Time (the vernal equinox can occur on different dates in different timezones), usually March 20 or 21. The date of the holiday is not declared official until February of the previous year, due to the need for recent astronomical measurements.
Vernal Equinox Day became a public holiday in 1948. Prior to that it was the date of Shunki kōreisai ( 春季皇霊祭?), an event relating to Shintoism. Like other Japanese holidays, this holiday was repackaged as a non-religious holiday for the sake of separation of religion and state in Japan's postwar constitution.
Marimekko is a Finnish company based in Helsinki that has made important contributions to fashion, especially in the 1960s and 1970s. They are particularly noted for brightly-colored printed fabrics and simple styles, used both in women's garments and in home furnishings.
Abū ‘Abd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Abdullah al-Lawati al-Tanji ibn Baṭūṭah (Arabic: أبو عبد الله محمد بن عبد الله اللواتي الطنجي بن بطوطة), or simply Ibn Battuta, also known as Shams ad-Din (February 25, 1304 – 1368 or 1369), was a Muslim Moroccan explorer, known for his extensive travels published in the Rihla (literally, "The Journey"). Over a period of thirty years, he visited most of the known Islamic world, including North Africa, theHorn of Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, to the Middle East, South Asia,Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East, a distance surpassing his near-contemporary Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta is considered one of the greatest travellers of all time. He journeyed more than 75,000 miles (121,000 km), a figure unsurpassed by any individual explorer until the coming of the Steam Age some 450 years later.
イブン・バットゥータ（英: Ibn Battuta、アラビア語: ابن بطوطة ibn baṭṭūṭah、全名アブー・アブドゥッラー・ムハンマド・イブン・アブドゥッラー・アッ＝ラワーティー・アッ＝タンジー（アラビア語: أبو عبد الله محمد ابن عبد الله اللواتي الطنجي ʾabū ʿabd allāh muḥammad ibn ʿabd allāh al-lawātī al-ṭanǧī、1304年2月24日 -1368年）は、モロッコのタンジェ生まれのイスラム法学者・旅行家。