Photographer documents Ainu life

Jan 20, 2015

Photographer documents Ainu life

by Eriko Aoyagi

Taka Maesawa, a photographer from Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido, has published a photo book documenting the Ainu ethnic minority for more than 30 years since 1983. “I want people to know about the beautiful Ainu culture and the history of ethnic Ainu who have been discriminated ...

Olympic speedskater Shirahata coaches kids at Kushiro school rink

Jan 20, 2015

Olympic speedskater Shirahata coaches kids at Kushiro school rink

Most school playgrounds in Kushiro, Hokkaido, have been turned into ice skating rinks this week as elementary schools began the new term Monday. Kushiro, which has severely cold winters but relatively light snowfalls, is known as the “City of Ice” and has produced several ...

Jan 3, 2015

JNTO may hold Hokkaido Shinkansen seminars in U.S.

The Japan National Tourism Organization plans to hold seminars in the United States this year to promote the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line that is slated to open in spring 2016. The JNTO hopes the seminars, targeting U.S. travel agencies and media organizations, will lead to ...

High-tech 'menu-for-all' system helps foreign diners

Dec 31, 2014

High-tech 'menu-for-all' system helps foreign diners

An information technology company in Sapporo has come up with a system to help foreign visitors enjoy their stay in food-rich Hokkaido without being hampered by language barriers. Developed by Sekai Menu Inc., the smartphone-based service aims to connect restaurants with foreign customers. The ...

Nation urged to brace for strong winter storm

Dec 16, 2014

Nation urged to brace for strong winter storm

The Meteorological Agency forecast heavy snow and strong winds nationwide from Tuesday to Wednesday and warned of avalanches, stormy conditions and high waves, as well as disruptions to transport systems. The agency’s Sapporo branch, in particular, on Monday called for readiness in Hokkaido, which ...

Nov 4, 2014

Storm to lash northern Japan with high waves, strong winds

High waves and stormy conditions are expected to batter Hokkaido especially along the Sea of Japan coast until early Tuesday evening, the Meteorological Agency said in the morning. The agency issued warnings against stormy conditions and high waves in areas along the Sea of ...