Hokkaido’s Harvest Scenery: Autumn Edition

  • ‘Utasebune’ boats fish for shrimp amid the morning sunlight. Approx. 6:30 a.m. on October 25

    Autumn Hokkai shrimp fishing began on October 25 in Notsuke Bay in the town of Betsukai in the Nemuro region, with 23 ‘Utasebune’ boats belonging to the Notsuke Fisheries Cooperative leaving the po...

  • The seasonal ban on autumn mantis-shrimp fishing was lifted along the coast of the city of Otaru in central Hokkaido, and the first auction was held at the Otaru City Fisheries Cooperative Regional Wholesale Market on October 18. At fishing ports in the city, freshly caught mantis shrimps were removed from the nets and boiled in salt in large cauldrons.

  • ‘Rice-paddy art’ is a huge picture created using six types of colored rice plants, with the rice paddy as a canvas. Members of the executive committee, made up of individuals from the Young Farmers Division of the Taisetsu Agricultural Cooperative and the like, produced the rice paddies in the Higashitakasu 7-sen 18 district of the city of Asahikawa, and the rice harvesting was held on October 12th to conclude this season’s activities.

  • Harvest autumn mosaic

    Oct. 21, 2021

    A blue and orange mosaic appeared in a field in the Kitami region, which boasts the largest onion production quantity in Japan. The color layout of that mosaic in the shape of a perfect square looks just like a QR code. The objects making up the mosaic are iron shipping storage units filled with approximately 1.3 tons of onions. Each unit is 120 centimeters long, 180 centimeters wide, and 130 centimeters tall. To preserve the dry conditions after harvest, they have been covered with two colors of water-resistant tarps.

  • 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 Hokkaido – began in the vineyards at the fruit farm of Mori Takatsugu (64). Shine Muscat is a large, seedless variety that can be eaten with its skin. It is a luxury product that costs more than 5,000 yen per bunch when purchased as a gift. The Shin-Otaru Agricultural Cooperative (Niki) began shipping the grapes in 2018, and from last year gave them the name and sold them as a brand.

  • 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 year, harvesting has begun more than 10 days earlier than usual.

  • The work of thinning-down the ‘Yamasachi’ vines – developed especially for wine-making – is reaching its peak in the vineyards of Chiyoda in the town of Ikeda in the Tokachi region of eastern Hokkaido.

  • The first attempt at producing orange wine has begun at the Infeeld Winery in the Tanno-cho district of the city of Kitami in the Okhotsk region of eastern Hokkaido.

  • The harvesting of the cone-shaped flowers of hops, which are used to make beer, is reaching its peak in the town of Kamifurano in northern Hokkaido. The hops grow on vines that extend to a height of approximately 5.5 meters and hang like green curtains from ropes at the farm, where the air is filled with a refreshing scent peculiar to beer.

  • The autumn salmon fishing season has begun on the Pacific coast in eastern Hokkaido and, on September 1, the first catch of 3.6 tons was landed at the Taiki fishing port in the town of Taiki on the same coast in the Tokachi region.