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  • The National Institute of Technology, Hakodate College, located in the city of Hakodate, held a completion ceremony on November 19 for a new International Dormitory – a shared-house-type accommodation for both Japanese and international students – with the aim of developing human resources with a global perspective. Conversation in the dormitory is limited to English, and the goal is to promote mutual understanding of culture and customs through daily interaction. The dormitory is also equipped with a base for holding foreign language classes for local residents, and the college plans to enhance international exchanges.

  • November 19 at five venues in the city, including Odori Park in Chuo-ku. Approximately 730,000 LEDs shine in a variety of colors, including red and blue, creating a magical atmosphere in the vicinity.

  • This autumn's Spring-Summer Paris Fashion Week 2022 featured accessories crafted by Hasegawa Kantaro, a wood craft artist and rock climber at Tomamu in the Northern Hokkaido village of Shimukappu. Hasegawa created black wooden snow glasses and necklaces in response to a request from fashion brand "Yohji Yamamoto" (Tokyo).

  • On November 6 in the Southern Hokkaido city of Hokuto, an on-site tour for children and parents was held at Oshima Tunnel, where construction work is progressing in the project to extend the Hokkaido Shinkansen to Sapporo by the end of the 2030 fiscal year. A total of 28 people participated, consisting of Southern Hokkaido elementary school students and guardians. They walked around the interior of the unfinished tunnel.

  • Gin distillery operator "Shakotan Spirit" in Shakotan, Central Hokkaido loaded 12 bottles of its craft gin onto the underwater observation boat "New Shakotan" and conducted a shipboard aging verification experiment for approximately half of a year to test whether or not the swaying of the ship changed the flavor of the alcohol. The alcohol met with the positive feedback that it has, "matured into a mellow flavor," and Shakotan Spirit plans to enlist cooperation from ship operator Shakotan Tourism Promotion Public Corporation and industrial economy organizations in the town to perform a double-pronged test of shipboard aging along with "ocean floor aging", in which alcohol is lowered into the ocean waters of Shakotan.

  • The search for the next top ocean scientists is in progress. In hopes of cultivating the next generation of fishery science specialists, the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences (Hakodate City) is focusing on making educational materials publicly accessible on the Internet. Using videos and other materials, this is an environment that is not limited to only Hokkaido University students, where anyone can casually access ocean scholarship. It is a format that could even be called a new kind of "future investment" that provides learning which transcends the barriers of the college campus.

  • Socks produced by Watanabe Yuki, manager of Tanakaya Hinageshi-kan, a ryokan (Japanese-style inn) in the town of Rishirifuji on Rishiri Island in northern Hokkaido, are proving popular, as 2,000 pairs a year have been sold, even amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Sold under the name of ‘Mt. Rishiri trekking socks,’ they are popular among tourists and climbers due to a design that resembles the summit of Mt. Rishiri.

  • A natural spawning environment has been reproduced in the aquarium tank, into which the staff have put two pairs to exhibit. One pair spawned on the afternoon of November 4. The female salmon digs a hole called a ‘spawning bed’ in the pebbles and sand with its tail fin and when it is ready, it rests it’s belly in the hole and signals to the male by opening its mouth before laying the eggs. The male salmon locates itself beside the female, opens its mouth and shakes its body as it releases its sperm over the eggs. After the spawning has finished, the female covers the fertilized eggs with sand.

  • To commemorate the milestone of 70 years since commercial aircraft service resumed between Haneda and Chitose after WWII, on October 26 Chitose City spearheaded a sightseeing flight service taking off from and landing at the runway of the old Chitose airfield that predates the modern New Chitose Airport. The day was temporarily beset by poor sky conditions including heavy rainfall, but the approximately 40-minute commemoration flight proved to be immense fun for the 93 Chitose parents, children, and other passengers who won the invite drawing, and who had been looking forward to the opportunity.

  • Employees of the Japan Airlines (JAL) group helped with the harvesting of grapes and the wine-making process at the BOSS AGRI winery in the city of Kitami. The JAL group employees visited as volunteers, as they did last year, to contribute to the community and discover local resources. A total of 31 employees who work at Memanbetsu and Haneda airports, participated for four days in October. During this time, six international-route ground staff from Haneda visited the winery to harvest ‘Kiyomai’ grapes and experience manual de-stemming work, which involves rubbing the grapes on metal nets to remove the stems from the bunches.

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