• ‘Masabuki’ work being carried out on the former Kondo’s Dyeing Shop. The craftsmen use hammers and hatchets to rectify small distortions and misalignment, nailing each wooden tile one by one

    Large-scale renovation work is being carried out on the ‘former Kondo’s Dyeing Shop’ and the ‘former Otaru Shimbun Building’ (newspaper company) at the Historical Village of Hokkaido, an open-air m...

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  • A man from the city of Chitose who, on July 7, staged a marriage proposal at the Atsuta Park Observatory in the Ishikari region of central Hokkaido, which was the first place in Hokkaido to be recognized as a ‘Lovers’ Sanctuary,’ did so with the cooperation of the ‘Ishikari Ai-Road’ (love road) Atsuta’ roadside rest area, which is also located in Atsuta Park. The proposal was successful, and the roadside rest area is promoting the facility in the hope that “many people will visit the place as a ‘power spot for romance.’”

  • Le Tuan Dat, 38, a native of Vietnam and a resident of the town of Urakawa in the Hidaka region of central Hokkaido, has been running a food truck at various locations in the region, serving ‘banh mi’ Vietnamese sandwiches. “I want to bring the authentic taste of Vietnam to the people of the Hidaka area,” says Dat. The name of the business is Banh My Hanoi, and it is licensed to operate in all regions of Hokkaido.

  • On July 7, Edelweiss Farm, a ham & bacon manufacturer in the city of Kitahiroshima, opened a new facility, Piccola Foresta, which includes a direct-sales shop and a bakery store. In August, the company plans to open a restaurant and create a glamping site on adjacent farmland.

  • French foreign students Claire Duval (19) and Cassandra Blanchet (18) arrived in Hokkaido and started internships at Tanioka Ranch as part of a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries initiative promoting interaction among French and Japanese agricultural high school students. Tanioka Ranch produces and raises light-breed horses in Shinhidaka, a town located in the Central Hokkaido Hidaka region. The two students clean stables and care for horses, and are enthusiastically tackling their work responsibilities out of a desire to, "learn how to handle horses and be able to contribute in the future."

  • Using imperfect vegetables that cannot be commercially distributed, the Tokachi Urahoro Gakusha association in the Eastern Hokkaido Tokachi region town of Urahoro collaboratively developed ten colors of crayon together with a company in Aomori Prefecture. The colors are modeled after their vegetable ingredients. The product name is "Tokachi Toiro Oyasai Crayon" (Ten Tokachi Colors, Vegetable Crayons).

  • Last year, when the Hokkaido Prefectural Government asked municipalities for their views on compiling a plan to manage brown bears, many local governments called for the need to clarify the role of police in cases when brown bears are spotted in urban areas.

  • On June 20, United Nations-designated ‘World Refugee Day,’ the City of Sapporo lit up the Clock Tower and three other locations in blue, the symbolic color of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

  • A steam locomotive (SL) that once carried coal and other materials on the Yubetsu Railway, which connected the city of Kushiro and the Yubetsu Coalmine in Akan-cho, Kushiro, has been restored for the first time in 47 years by Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. The restored train was coupled to two other steam locomotives in a ‘triple heading’ operation display at an event held in Saitama Prefecture on June 19.