Japan chooses three cities to be tourism role models

National Jan 29, 2016

Japan chooses three cities to be tourism role models

The government has selected three cities — Kushiro in east Hokkaido, Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture and Nagasaki — as model cities for luring foreign visitors to the countryside, tourism minister Keiichi Ishii announced Friday. The three cities will each create organizations to promote exchanges between ...

Kushiro seeks lift from locally set manga

National Sep 28, 2015

Kushiro seeks lift from locally set manga

The Hokkaido city of Kushiro has started a promotional effort in which it seeks to raise its profile by creating a girls' manga series set in the region. Authored by Hisa Kyomachi, "9: Kimi Ga Iru Machi De Koi O Shita" ("9: I Fell in ...

National Sep 5, 2015

Japan begins 'research whaling' season off coast of Hokkaido

Japan's so-called research whaling season began Saturday off Kushiro, Hokkaido, to study the impact of minke whales on local fisheries. Eight minke whales were caught on the first day of whaling, which lasts through late October. Up to 51 minkes will be caught during the ...

Olympic speedskater Shirahata coaches kids at Kushiro school rink

National 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 Olympic-class ...

Japan begins research whaling hunt off eastern Hokkaido

National Sep 7, 2014

Japan begins research whaling hunt off eastern Hokkaido

Four small ships in Hokkaido left the port city of Kushiro on Sunday to hunt minke whales along the Pacific coast for what was described as research purposes. The fleet plans to catch up to 51 minke whales off Kushiro through the end of October ...

Ainu culture in Hokkaido's Akan National Park

Travel Aug 25, 2006

Ainu culture in Hokkaido's Akan National Park

by Chris Bamforth

When Japan's Meiji Era (1868-1912) government concluded that the country had a manifest destiny to commence full-scale colonization of the hitherto barely developed northern island of Hokkaido, it set about the task assiduously. Much as with the American frontier, people from other parts of the ...