Winter 2018 issue, Vol.38

New Articles


The Sea of Japan, Summer 1907

Let’s direct the spotlight on summer sea routes in the Sea of Japan 111 years ago. Our pilots are novelist Arishima Takeo, and Buddhist philosopher Inoue Enryo. What products from Hokkaido can we learn about from there?


The Latest News from ISHIYA

Mifuyu Sakura

Enjoy the vivid fragrance of cherry blossoms in white chocolate, layered with mille-feuille.


Professionals from the north

Products born from craftsmanship

Many manufacturers produce rubber boots overseas, but Dai-ichi Gomu Co., Ltd. continues its policy of producing “slip-proof rubber boots” made in Japan.



Asahikawa -- loved by Japanese sake-2

Asahikawa has all the right conditions – the underground water from the Taisetsu Mountains, local rice and cold climate. However, at this northern sake brewery there’s another factor.



Hokkaido as seen from the Sea of Japan

Honma Taizo, founder of the Kunimare Shuzo—Japan’s northernmost sake brewery—located in Mashike Town, came to Otaru from Sado Island at the beginning of the Meiji period, establishing a business in Mashike in 1875. His story sheds light on the Sea of Japan as a major shipping thoroughfare at the time.



Asahikawa -- loved by Japanese sake -1

Asahikawa is the only place in Hokkaido that boasts three sake breweries. Why have these breweries been able to continue making sake, uninterrupted?


Town management by Mitsui Fudosan

Hokkaido’s 150th Anniversary Project “Mitsui Fudosan × Akarenga Illuminations”

The Former Hokkaido Government Office is Hokkaido’s best-known symbol, which is decorated with illuminations as one of Hokkaido’s 150th Anniversary Project. You must see it.



Something Will Change if a Thousand Are Trained

Kamada Takashi shares the attractiveness of Hokkaido sake to the world. At an interview at Sake Bar Kamada which is filled with his thoughts, we heard his story about his love of Hokkaido sake and his sake life.



Local people drinking local sake supports the industry

Hokkaido’s refined sake is high quality and popular around the world. We asked the managing director of Hokkaido Sake Brewers Association, Kadota Akira, about the current situation and outlook.