Spring 2018 issue, Vol.39

New Articles


Nagayama Takeshiro and the Temperament of the People of Asahikawa

The role of Nagayama Takeshiro is still deeply involved in the mentality of Asahikawa city. We thought about the temperament of the people of Asahikawa based on the words of Okamoto Tatsuya, the curator of Asahikawa City Museum and an expert in the history of the modern era.



Satsuma, Hokkaido and the Tondenhei

In November 1889, Nagayama proposed the establishment of a northern capital in Kamikawa. Even though the proposal for Kamikawa as the northern capital was not realized, the seventh division was transferred from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1899. This must have been filled Nagayama’s heart with emotion as he leaned of the decision as division commander.


Professionals from the north

Tradition maintained by new challenges

In 1907, Mizuno Takejiro moved to Asahikawa from Toyama Prefecture and established a dyeing shop after hearing that there were no dyeing businesses in Asahikawa.


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The father of the Tondenhei and cornerstone of Hokkaido’s development

It’s 150 years since this land, formally known as Ezo, was renamed Hokkaido. In a bid to promote industrial growth and military strengt...



The Life of Nagayama Takeshiro

Nagayama Takeshiro was born in Kagoshima and moved to Hokkaido when he was 34 years old. This article traces 67 years in the life of Nagayama Takeshiro, called the “Father of Colonial Soldiers.”


Town management by Mitsui Fudosan

Spring, Light, Cherry Blossoms and the Terrace 2018

A number of Yoshino cherry blossom trees – which are not so common in Sapporo – planted in the first-floor atrium of Akarenga Terrace.


Professionals from the north

Carrying Rice Cakes on a Sled on New Year’s Eve

Otaru, where ingredients for rice cake confectionaries have been readily available by ship and train since olden times, has many rice cake shops. We visited a long-established shop with a history of more than 150 years.


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.


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.


Professionals from the north

Any form can be created

There are almost 80 furniture manufacturers in and around the city of Asahikawa; approximately 40 of them belong to the Asahikawa Furniture Industry Cooperative. There are no other furniture producing areas in Japan in which the number of cooperative members is increasing.