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Hokkaido University, one of the largest and most beautiful universities in Japan, located north of Sapporo Station, was originally founded in 1876 as Sapporo Agricultural College. Later, the university became the Faculty of Agriculture of the Tohoku Imperial University and the Hokkaido Imperial University before becoming Hokkaido University in 1947. The people that have contributed to the university's history are as diverse as they are numerous.
Small tents are lined up with vegetables of various colors on display. The shopkeepers speak passionately about their crops and the region, and the customers think about what to make for dinner tonight. Such a scene was a tradition at Hokkaido University every summer. We visited the current Hokkaido University Marché, which has evolved from an open-air market to a café, and then to an awards event, while expanding its reach in the neighborhood.
A new store opened on the 1st floor of the Akarenga Terrace on October 1st. This store is the Lazare Diamond Boutique, which offers engagement rings, wedding bands, and more. Lazare Diamond is a diamond brand from New York with over 100 years of history.
The Kizuna Project carrying out at Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kitahiroshima is a project started in order to support the producers and businesses as much as possible, that have suffered from COVID-19 and to school extracurricular activities that have lost their opportunities to make presentations in Hokkaido.
The Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo West is developing a plan through trial and error to see what kind of contributions the hotel can make amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please enjoy a short visit to Akarenga Terrace with cherry blossoms someiyoshino.
The “Akapla Illumination 2020-2021” will be held at the Kita 3-jo Plaza (Akapla) in Sapporo from November 20th to March 14th. Tri-colored LEDs that express everchanging colors have been installed on Akapla’s row of ginkgo trees – the oldest roadside trees that exist in Hokkaido – creating an enjoyable light show that, this year, is also expressing gratitude to the healthcare workers on the frontline in the fight to stop the spread of the covid-19 virus.