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Harvest of big, sweet ‘La La Shine’ Shine Muscat grapes begins in Niki

On September 28, the harvest of ‘La La Shine’ Shine Muscat grapes – a luxury table variety that has become a new specialty-product brand of the town of Niki in the Shiribeshi region of central Hokk...

【Series】 Spirits of the Kamuy landscape (48) Breathtaking sperm whale dive to deep ocean, 2,000 meters down

Propelling its tail fin high in the air, the giant sperm whale begins to dive. Sightseers aboard the boat cheer at the breathtaking sight. I searched for whales on a whale watching sightseeing boa...

Harvesting of rice begins in earnest as ears turn golden

The harvesting of rice has begun in earnest in the town of Tobetsu in the Ishikari region of central Hokkaido, where rice production thrives. Due to the continuous intense heat of the summer this y...

【Series】Spirits of the Kamuy landscape (47) Chipmunks’ cheeks full of fruits of autumn

While traveling across a scree slope in search of pika rock rabbits halfway up Mt. Tokachidake, I encountered two chipmunks. Many mammals are highly independent and often live alone, except during...

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"Shiretoko Sustainable Week" was held from October 1–10. It was organized by an action committee composed of entities including the Shiretoko Nature Foundation (Shari Town), and initiated to coinc...

The multirole transport "Lavender Train" was newly constructed this year, and on September 22 in the Northern Hokkaido city of Wakkanai, it operated in public for the first time on the JR Soya Line...

The pipe organ in the chapel of wedding ceremony church "Miyanomori Frances Church" in Sapporo's Chuo ward was discovered through expert appraisal to be a 19th century British organ, of which only ...

A fair spotlighting sweets and bakery items featuring anko paste made from Hokkaido-grown adzuki beans started on September 20 in ten Sapporo shops, focusing on cafes and bakeries.

The Cape Kiritappu (Cape Tofutsu) in the town of Hamanaka in Eastern Hokkaido's Kushiro region is gradually becoming a breeding area for the sea otter, which is an endangered species. And on Septem...

On September 23, a dead, beached whale was seen being eaten by brown bears at Shiretoko Peninsula in the town of Shari, situated in Eastern Hokkaido's Okhotsk region. A video was captured by a pass...

The Sapporo Snow Festival Executive Committee, made up of representatives from Sapporo City and the like, announced on September 21 that the installation of large-scale snow sculptures at the 72nd ...

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