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Jun 10, 2014

Retired Hokkaido farmer describes rural plight in novels

Novelist Hiroshi Tamai, a 79-year-old self-described “peasant writer,” is proud that he persisted with his craft through the toughest years as a cattle farmer in Betsukai, eastern Hokkaido. In the mid-1950s, the Japanese government sought young people to join a pilot project to cultivate ...

Girl embraces Ainu dance, shivers her timbers

Feb 21, 2014

Girl embraces Ainu dance, shivers her timbers

Ayaka Ono is not an Ainu but has long been fascinated by the indigenous inhabitants of Hokkaido. Last year, she even became a performer of one of their traditional dances. The 18-year-old, currently a sophomore at a high school in Kushiro, eastern Hokkaido, is ...