On February 6, the ‘International Snow Shoveling Championship’ was held in the city of Shibetsu in northern Hokkaido, in which teams competed to dig-out balls – of five different colors – buried in...
Cold air has entered the skies approximately 1,500 meters above Hokkaido, bringing bitterly cold early mornings and evenings to the Nemuro region in eastern Hokkaido. This cold spell cleared the air, and on the morning of November 25, the snow-capped peak of Mt. Rausu (1,661 m) could be seen against the blue sky from the center of the town of Shibetsu.
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.
【Series】Spirits of the Kamuy landscape (50) Brown bears --- Highlighting the need for harmony between human society and natureOct. 22, 2021
Driving towards Shibetsu from Konpoku Pass in Eastern Hokkaido on National Route 244, a brown bear mother appeared with cubs in front of the car. The sight of a cub chasing after his mother with his little hindquarters swinging back and forth was amazingly cute.