The eclipse started in India, and followed a track across China and Japan. It has gotten a lot of attention as it is the first total solar eclipse in Japan in forty-six years:
At the moment of total eclipse, the sky is dark, except for the sun appearing as a very bright ring around the outline of the moon, providing what is known as the ‘diamond ring’. We can subsequently get dramatic views of the corona ringing the sun. The sun is the source of life on this planet. A total eclipse abruptly deprives us of its light and warmth. The sun appears dark and there is a sudden drop in temperature. It is an event which plunges the earth into darkness and makes us keenly aware of the importance of the sun.
Note that you should never look directly at the sun (sunglasses are not sufficient protection either).
The Mainichi has a fun collection of historical photos from the Meiji era and onwards, taken at different eclipse events over the years.
皆既日食 (kaiki nisshoku) is the Japanese term for total solar eclipse and I like how the two last kanji literally means "sun-eat" as if the moon has taken a bite of the sun. There are many legends here about how for example queen Himiko, the ruler of ancient Japan, died (or was murdered) around the time of a solar eclipse in the 3rd century.