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Google Celebrates Summer Solstice With Murakami Doodle

Google has marked the year's longest day, summer solstice, with a new doodle which has been designed by Takashi Murakami, a renowned Japanese artist.

According to The Telegraph (opens in new tab), Google titled the new doodle as the first day of summer. June 21 is called the summer solstice because at 6:16pm (BST) the northern hemisphere of the earth will lean the closest to the sun that it gets all year. Traditionally, the seasons are delineated by the two solstices (the longest and shortest days of the year) and the two equinoxes (when the day lasts exactly 12 hours). So the summer solstice is both the longest day and the beginning of the season.he longest day of the season.

Of course, the exact opposite is the case in the Southern Hemisphere, which just celebrated the winter solstice. To make sure that no one is left out, a similar doodle has been designed for countries in the southern hemisphere including Argentina and Chile to mark the upcoming winter. It has also been designed by Murakami.

Murakami is a successful and prolific artist who has developed a style called Superflat, which is influenced by manga and anime. Murakami was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine (opens in new tab)in 2008.