• In this series, the transformation of four seasons will be introduced through articles on wild animals that are active in the deep forests, marshes, and ocean as if they were being cradled by “Kamui,” which means deity in the Ainu language. The first installment in the series is the Yezo sika deer of Notsuke Peninsula. (Text and photographs by Tadanobu Shigeru from the Kushiro Branch News Section.)

  • A resident in eastern Hokkaido's Betsukai Town dug up potatoes growing in the vegetable household garden, only to discover a potato that looked like a cow face.