The Japanese Meteorological Agency is using Himawari-8 as its operational satellite, effective 0200 UTC on 7 July 2015. The animation above shows two days of water vapor imagery from Himawari-8 (6.2 µm, top, 6.9 µm, middle and 7.3 µm, bottom) over the tropical Pacific, revealing the train of three tropical cyclones moving westward towards Asia (testimony to why satellite data are important!). Typhoon Nangka, on the right, has developed an eye. Himawari-8 samples a full-disk image every 10 minutes, with nominal 2-km resolution in the infrared channels. Moveable sectors are also available at 2.5-minute intervals, such as shown in this animation from here.
Himawari-8 has 0.5-km resolution in the 0.64 µm visible channel. A 3-hour animation over Typhoon Nangka, at routine 10-minute time-steps, is shown below.
The sixteen channels on the AHI instrument onboard Himawari-8 are similar to those that will be found on the ABI instrument onboard GOES-R, which is scheduled for launch in March of 2016. The animation below shows all 16 channels of the Himawari-8 AHI.
A very large (74 MegaByte) Himawari-8 true-color Red/Green/Blue (RGB) full-disk image at 0340 UTC is shown below (courtesy of Jerrold Robaidek, SSEC).
A few interesting features to point out on the full-disk image are shown below (from north to south):