Takashi Murakami Google Doodles Welcomes First Day of Summer & Winter in the U.S.

Today at 1:16 p.m. for those on the East Coast in the U.S. Summer has arrrived. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, culture, and tradition, but when it is summer in the southern hemisphere it is winter in the northern hemisphere, and vice versa.To honor the summer solstice -- the […]

Today at 1:16 p.m. for those on the East Coast in the U.S. Summer has arrrived. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, culture, and tradition, but when it is summer in the southern hemisphere it is winter in the northern hemisphere, and vice versa.

To honor the summer solstice -- the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere -- Google has tapped a Takashi Murakami, a Japanese artist to create a special anime flavored kawaii doodle for Google's home page.

Murakami, who was on Time magazine's 2008 edition of the 100 Most Influential People list and is noted for his "superflat" style, also illustrated a second snowy logo for Google, which appears in locations in the Southern Hemisphere today for their winter solstice.

Last year, Google welcomed summer with four separate summer doodles as well as four winter doodles for countries in the Southern Hemisphere. Here's a compilation:

In 2009, Google also posted summer and winter logos in select countries:

Here's the first summer solstice Google doodle appeared in 2008: