KAI vol.46

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Savor the tastes in the home of the Ainu

The town of Biratori has an abundance of foodstuffs, such as tomatoes and wagyu beef. We spoke to Mr. Yamamoto, the representative of the Local Production for Local Consumption Group in Biratori, about the appeal of Biratori’s food.



Start from a museum

In the museum amid the land that can be said to be the origin of Ainu culture, is a world of everyday implements that are blessings from the kamuy (gods).



See and Learn in the Kotan Cise

The view upon leaving the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum makes you feel like you’re stepping into another space. Step inside a cise, and the world expands even more.


Town management by Mitsui Fudosan

Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo West

Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo West opened on Thursday, February 20th. Added to the ease of access, located just a 4-min. or so walk from JR Sapporo Station, designs conveying Hokkaido’s traditional beauty are incorporated throughout the interior, offering a refreshing high-quality accommodation space in which to reflect on your travels.



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.