They say women are from Mars, and now the Japanese are going to Venus.
The country has launched its first satellite probe to the planet of love, which is so similar to Earth, it is known as our “sister” planet.
TV pictures showed the craft lifting off and heading into space, jettisoning a fuel booster on the way and finally liberating the Akatsuki probe.
Akatsuki, which means “dawn” in Japanese, is expected to reach orbit around the second rock from the Sun in December.
It will then circle around the planet for four years and sneak a peek under its thick atmosphere of carbon dioxide and sulphuric acid clouds to examine the climate.