KAI vol.46

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Fabrics made from blessings of the forest

Together with the Nibutani-ita (tray), the Nibutani-attus is certified as a traditional craft by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Woven from thread made from the inner bark of Manchurian elm, Japanese lime and the like, the texture of the attus is unique.


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Ainu History and Culture are the Pride of Hokkaido

Here in Nibutani, in the area in front of the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum, a new Nibutani Kotan has been created to serve as a hub for Ainu history and culture. This kotan features cise dwellings built using traditional construction techniques, separated by a small flowing stream. At the on-site folk craft hall, visitors can purchase authentic Ainu folk crafts. In this special edition, we begin a journey of Ainu history and culture tourism, starting at Nibutani Kotan.



Tale of the Nibutani-ita

The Nibutani-ita and Nibutani-attus have been officially designated as traditional craft products by Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Let’s begin our visit to Nibutani Kotan with the tale of the Nibutani-ita


Town management by Mitsui Fudosan


This year, two zones await visitors to YUKITERRACE 2020, where snow can be appreciated. Why not bring some friends and come and join us?


Town management by Mitsui Fudosan

Akapla Illumination 2019-2020

An endless amount of lights changing along with the music is on display bringing a different vibe to the gingko trees at AKAPLA. Come enjoy the illumination with that special someone.


Professionals from the north

Understand the Original, and Restore It

Ishibashi Shoichi, now 91 years old, is an active watchmaker. A chat with him is a trip back to postwar Sapporo.


Professionals from the north

There are insects and some parts are withered, but that is also life

Nishiyama Yuki’s work possesses a sense of vitality and intricacy that cannot be expressed simply.


Town management by Mitsui Fudosan

Mitsui Fudosan Group Autumn Festival – Akapla Autumn Sports & Food Fest

This year sees the appearance of “HADO”, as well as other fun activities such as a huge model railway display, and delicious meals.Why not come and have fun?


Town management by Mitsui Fudosan

Summer events at Akapla & Akarenga Terrace 2019

An event held at Sapporo Kita 3-jo Plaza, Akarenga Terrace (hereafter referred to as Akapla). Please come and join us with your friends.


Professionals from the north

The key is to envision the pain faced by dogs

As Japan raises more and more pets, the average pet age continues to rise. Mr. Takagi Hiroyuki manufactures wheelchairs and other equipment to bring joy back to the lives of dogs and cats in need of care or aid.