Most people assume that the winter solstice on December 22, since it is the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight hours, also has the earliest sunset. That’s not exactly true.
In fact, here in Tokyo, the earliest sunset was yesterday, when the sun set at 4:27 pm. But today the sun will set at 4:28 pm!
Yes, as of today the afternoons will begin lasting longer, all the way past the vernal equinox, until it reaches its peak in the summer.
So good news for people tired of these incredibly early sunsets. They will be getting later and later from today onwards.