Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017

Kiroro Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 7:23am
Weather conditions: Light Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Yet another glorious spring morning.

Currently we have light cloud sitting high with the sun already shining through. Temperatures this morning have dropped again since yesterday however expect it to warm up significantly as the day goes on especially due to the fact that the cloud should all disappear for a proper bluebird.

Perfect conditions to get out early and make some refreshing fast runs this morning while the snow is nice and fast, as it will most likely be softening up around midday, turning to typical spring slush by the afternoon.

Looking into the forecast it looks like we are going to get some fresh snow at some stage over the weekend so keep an eye out for that, otherwise keep enjoying this absolutely stunning spring weather.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Well, things clouded over quite quickly yesterday (that has happened quite a lot this season) and so by mid day we had very overcast and grey above us.

Come evening a few spots of rain for a short while but almost something you could have missed.

Very mild night with a low temperature of about 6 degrees.

Rain has been forecast for today of course and it seems that it has been raining overnight but just light rain falling at the moment as I write this report. Still forecast to rain for most of the day though with a high temperature of around 11 degrees here in town.

Things are still looking promising for early next week with a return of colder conditions and snowfall on the forecast around Monday and Tuesday.

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Official snow depths:

Some not updated yet due to early report

GALA Yuzawa:
420cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
290cm
Iwappara:
210cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
260cm
Kagura:
370cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
320cm
Maiko Snow Resort:
330cm (upper)
200cm (lower)
Naeba:
270cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
287cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
270cm (Kogen)
220cm (Nunoba)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
210cm

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Nighta in the area

Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm)
Iwappara:
Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays)
Joetsu Kokusai:
Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm)
Kandatsu Kogen:
From 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Naeba:
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 14th March (10pm until 6am)

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Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region
Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions.

Open until Saturday March 28th:

- Hakkaisanroku

Open until Sunday March 29th:

- Ishiuchi Hanaoka (open on March 27th, 28th, 29th)
- Itsukamachi
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Muikamachi Ski Resort

Open until Monday March 30th:

- Mt Granview

Open until Tuesday March 31st:

- Chateau Shiozawa
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Nunoba
- Ludens Yuzawa

Open until Wednesday April 1st:

- Yuzawa Park

Open until Sunday April 5th:

- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Wood

Open until Sunday April 12th:

- Maiko Snow Resort (*daily until April 5th, then open on April 11th and 12th)

Open until Sunday April 19th:

- NASPA Ski Garden (*weekends only from April 5th, closed weekdays)

Open until Wednesday May 6th:

- Naeba (*weekends and holidays from April 5th [except April 29th], closed weekdays)
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until Sunday May 31st:

- Kagura (Mitsumata)   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Clear but overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 470cm
It's a bright morning here with another day of sunshine forecast. A bit hazy and overcast, but the sun is out from the start of the day.

Not much of a wind this morning either and so we can expect all of the resort areas to be open as planned, that wind might get a bit stronger later on in the day.

Temperatures probably going to remain quite mild over the next few days with colder conditions coming in late weekend and hopefully bringing with them some fresh snow.

Look out for that Monday and Tuesday.

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Resort specific news as of 8:15am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Likely to be open as normal from the start of the day.

Niseko Hanazono:
Likely to be open as normal from the start of the day.

Niseko Village:
Likely to be open as normal from the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri:
Likely to be open as normal from the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -1C, no snowfall, overcast. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: -4C, calm. Peak data: n/a. Benkei cape: S2m/s, Kamui cape: ENE6m/s, 1015hPa and 0.6m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is small and the weather is calm. A southerly wind is forecasted to pick up as a low-pressure system approaches. The peak hut has been completely buried for the first time in history. This shows that this year’s snowpack and has different patterns from usual years, thick snowdrift layers are present at unexpected areas. Avalanche prediction is difficult. Slopes with cracks should be avoided, as well as steep slopes without cracks should also be avoided. Slopes around 1100m with big cornice development may avalanche from the ground as the cracks starts to open. Spring climax avalanches in Niseko are like landslides, devastating everything in its path and running for a long distance. Better stay away from valley bottoms. Avalanches are natural phenomena but will not be an accident if nobody is involved. Always be cautious and alert in the mountains. Gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instruction at the gates. Have you switched your beacon on? Niseko community is always concerned about all visitors’ safety.

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Official resort snow depths:


Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 470cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 400cm
Base - 180cm

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Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Lifts open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Ah, not sunny today. More like cloudy and rain.

We were expecting it of course and the wider region is being rained on today but still never fun to have to report it. Hopefully it will not last too long.

We are set to have a few more days of these milder conditions though happily back to sun tomorrow, before it gets colder around Sunday and a good chance of snow as we enter next week.

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Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A (closed today and tomorrow)
Number 5
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift
Moving Walkway
Kids Park
Freeride Park

Tree Run Courses should be open today.

Last night skiing of the season on Saturday 21st March.

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Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud, foggy higher up
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 215cm
Well we were expecting it, and yes it is raining this morning. Just light rain here for now but it's expected to be falling until around this evening and maybe get heavier at times.

Should be back to sunnier skies tomorrow.

Taking a look at the webcams it looks like it's pretty foggy up top too with very limited visibility on the upper slopes at the moment.

Still looking at colder and snowy conditions early next week according to the forecasts.

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Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 400cm
Uenotaira - 350cm
Hikage - 215cm
Nagasaka - 210cm
Karasawa - 150cm

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Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Jumping Course
Grand Prix
Challenge 39
Kandahar Course East
Kandahar Course West

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Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts open except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair A line

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Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following days:

Every Saturday until 28th March

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
Good morning from Hakuba and there's a lot more cloud around this morning.

It's raining too unfortunately, as expected.

Yesterday was another very warm but also very fine spring day outdoors. After that clear start, it quite quickly became overcast and cloudy and that's how the afternoon went.

So back to this morning and the rain. Yes, temperatures didn't drop much overnight and leaving us with a very mild start again with rain falling overnight. It might continue until the end of the day today.

Limited visibility in lots of places on mountain as well this morning.

Not the nicest of conditions, that's for sure.

Back to sun tomorrow.

You want to know about the snow lined up on the forecast? Yes, are we still on for some fresh snowfall on Monday? It's still there on the forecast.

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Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Thursday 19th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Alps Daira - 335cm
- Toomi - 165cm
- Iimori - 165cm

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Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Upper - 320cm
- Lower - 155cm

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Happo-one:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Usagidaira - 290cm
- Nakiyama - 160cm
- Sakka - 155cm

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Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Checking going on early morning.

- Upper - 410cm
- Lower - 255cm

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Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Ropeway open!

- Tsuga-no-mori - 390cm
- Maruyama - 180cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 200cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 255cm
- Lower - 150cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen:

- 260cm

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Kashimayari:

- 170cm

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Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until 22nd March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Drizzly rain overnight in Shiga Kogen. :(

Lots of cloud around this morning as the light rain continues this morning and it's very mild. Fingers crossed it might dry up quickly, but we might have to put up with it until this evening.

Looking on the much brighter side, the forecasts remain positive about more winter like conditions coming into the region by the beginning of next week. Lower temperatures and snow - it might even start feeling like winter again which would of course be great. Let's see.

(Cloud/sun expected tomorrow).

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Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Kumanoyu:
Every Saturday until March 28th

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PLANNED RESORT CLOSING DATES

Open until Tuesday 31st March

Hasuike
Kidoike
Nishitateyama


At least part open until Wednesday April 1st

Maruike:
Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st, Number 1 triple lift open until April 1st)

At least part open until Sunday April 5th

Bunadaira:
The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th

Giant
Higashitateyama

Sun Valley:

The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st

At least part open until Sunday April 12th

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th

At least part open until Wednesday May 6th

Ichinose Diamond:
The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd.
The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.

Ichinose Family:
The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March.
The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.

Takamagahara Mammoth:
The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st.
The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th.
The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.

Okushiga Kogen:
The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st.
The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th.
The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.

Tannenomori Okujo:
Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th

Terakoya:
Both lifts open daily until March 31st.
After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th

Yakebitaiyama:
Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.

Beyond Wednesday 6th May

Kumanoyu:
Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th
Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond

Yokoteyama-Shibutoge:
Probably open until at least the end of May
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Zao Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy and rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
It's raining today, I'm afraid.

Yes, rain and warmth. Not the best of conditions for a ski resort to be having. I think the onsen might be busy today.

But not to fear, colder conditions on the way especially from around Sunday with a real dip expected and fresh snow to look forward to.

Before then and once this rain clears up, probably a mix of cloud and sun.

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Official snow depths (Thursday 19th March 15):

Utopia: 230cm
Chuo: 230cm
Paradise: 220cm
Uwanodai: 155cm

Zao Onsen is generally open as planned (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).

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Current night skiing operations at Zao:

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March
Open from 5pm until 9pm.

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Planned lift operating dates and closing dates

Subject to change. This is what the plans are currently...

Until Sunday 22nd March
Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair
Karamatsu Pair (only 21st and 22nd March)
Paradise Number 3 Pair

Until Sunday 29th March
Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB
Onsen Number 4 Quad
Ryuzan Pair
Nakamori Number 2 Pair
Diamond Number 1 Pair (every day until 22nd March, then 28th and 29th March)
Diamond Number 2 Pair

Until Tuesday 31st March
Shobunuma Number 2 Pair
Oomori Quad
Yokokura Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 3 Pair

Until Sunday 5th April
Onsen Number 1 Pair
Onsen Number 2 Quad
Sunrise Pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 Triple
Mikaeri Pair

Until Sunday 12th April
Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB

Until Sunday 19th April
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until Wednesday 6th May
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB
Katakai Triple (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Paradise Pair AB (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Utopia Number 2 Pair

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Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May.

Operating through the year (for general tourism)
Sky Cable
Chuo Ropeway
Zao Ropeway   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 410cm
Rain fell overnight and its overcast this morning with light winds from the South.

It hasn't rained so far today though some is forecast this morning and particularly this afternoon before the weather clears and warms up again tomorrow.

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Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 410cm
Hodaigi: 200cm

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New snowfall:

Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm


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Naeba Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Good morning everyone, the good weather is on hold today.

It's a bit of a grim one actually; with it rain forecast for the day, possibly even up at Kagura.

We have low hanging clouds, making for poor visibility further up the mountain, but wind levels are still fairly weak.

We have no new snow to report from last night. But hopefully we might be able to report snow sometime early next week.

All resort areas open as planned this morning.

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Official snow depths:

Naeba: 270cm
Kagura: 370cm

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New snowfall:

0cm Naeba
0cm Kagura

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PLEASE NOTE:

This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
A very calm day with not a breath of wind around the village. Conditions are clear with a thin layer of cloud above the resort. A good freeze overnight means conditions will be firm first thing and then softening up later, so the best time to be on the mountain will be in the morning. Calm conditions are expected to continue through the week. Friday afternoon will see some light snow and then Sunday/Monday should be continuous snow.   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Thursday 19th March 2015, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some ground fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 420cm
Well, that rain finally did arrive in Myoko. It started last night, and it's pretty wet out there today.

We're also starting to get some ground fog here at base level; it shouldn't be getting colder yet (but it will be over the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday). In fact, once the rain is over and the freezing line decides to come down from the 3,000-meter level - which means it's above freezing even at the peak of Mt. Myoko) - snow is once again on the menu.... ah, mountain weather!

You can also sense that we're coming to the end of the main season as the resorts start to announce their spring dates (or last days). Suginohara will only be running the gondola on the weekend of the 30th-31st; Tangram is operating until the 30th. I'll add more as they post them. And Seki Onsen is closed today, due to the bad weather.

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Akakura Kanko:
420cm, 9°

Akakura Onsen:
246cm, 5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
240cm, 5°

Myoko Suginohara:
245cm, 3° (top?)

Seki Onsen:
480cm, 0° Closed due to bad weather

Myoko Ski Park:
325cm, 8°

Kyukamura RunRun:
340cm, 5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
210cm, 7°

Madarao Kogen:
240m, 9°

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Night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): to 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: to 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: to 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Niseko Now
20th Sep, 17:14pm
Minakami Now
17th Sep, 10:23
Madarao Now
22nd Jul, 13:05pm
Hakuba Now
14th Jul, 14:12pm
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Yuzawa Now
29th May, 14:13pm
Shiga Kogen Now
29th May, 7:35
Furano Now
25th May, 9:01
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
Grandeco Now
07th May, 19:56pm
Zao Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Naeba Now
07th May, 19:55pm
Nozawa Onsen Now
07th May, 19:53pm
Kiroro Now
01st May, 9:18am

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