Autumn 2017 issue, Vol.34

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Hello from Sapporo

Good old-fashioned kissatens

Are Japan's kissatens simply cafés? According to Japanese sense, there's a subtle difference. In Sapporo, too, many establishments have the word café in their name, but when asked if it's a kissaten, the answer is often "no, it's a café!" I'm not sure what exactly it is, but I certainly feel there's a distinct difference.

2017/03/29

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Following an old map on a walk around Sosei Higashi #3

Although Sosei Higashi neighbors the city center, it has a unique and special atmosphere. One hint to unravel the mystery can be found in the history of Sapporo’s foundation and its ground water veins.

2017/03/22

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Sosei River Park Symphony

Sosei River Park is a small park in the heart of the city. Colored by greenery and art, it's a great place to take a stroll and sense the history of the area.

2017/03/15

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The towns of Hokkaido

The Perfect Filming Location for Scenery, Humanity and Presence

Over 400 films have been shot on location in Hokkaido since pre World War II. Among these, Muroran is common choice. Why is this city, without the rural scenery or vast horizon recognized by people as Hokkaido and with few tourists, so attractive?

2017/03/08

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Following an old map on a walk around Sosei Higashi #2

The history of "Sosei Higashi" began in the early years of Meiji period as a high-tech industrial center of the day. From this page in history, we can learn what makes Hokkaido, Hokkaido.

2017/03/01

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The towns of Hokkaido

Muroran Uzuraen: Hokkaido's one and only quail egg producer

The Muroran area is well suited for breeding quails since it has a high average temperature and a small temperature difference between summer and winter by Hokkaido standards. "Muroran Uzuraen" is the only quail egg producer in Hokkaido, and knows many secrets to delicious eggs.

2017/03/01

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The Latest News from ISHIYA

Sakura Roll Cake

The cherry blossom (sakura) flavored moist sponge is rolled with sakura bean paste and a cream with the texture of sakura rice cake. This roll cake is a fusion of Japanese and Western flavors.

2017/03/01

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A Traveler aims for a guesthouse - in the case of Sosei Higashi's Guesthouse Yuyu

"Guesthouse" is a word that is often heard recently, but what kind of a place is it? I went to stay at Guesthouse Yuyu, which has recently opened in the Sosei Higashi district of Sapporo.

2017/02/22

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The towns of Hokkaido

Lesser-known Muroran, the "city of slopes"

Few people are conscious of Muroran being a "city of slopes", despite the city's name itself originating from the Ainu words meaning "small downhill slope". Take a walk on the slopes and begin to see Muroran’s history.

2017/02/22

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The Showa era lives on in this restaurant row under a bus terminal

We visited the old-timey restaurant row under the Chuo Bus Sapporo Terminal, a well-kept secret.

2017/02/15

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