Spring 2017 issue, Vol.35

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Gazing over Asahigaoka

Every town has a treasure, but sometimes the residents don’t notice it. We asked about the beautiful background working towards Kamikawa Town as a “town of hospitality,” and the “Asahigaoka Project.”

2017/05/24

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The towns of Hokkaido

"Solaputi Kids' Camp" – where even those with incurable illnesses can play

In Japan, there are said to be approximately 200,000 children with incurable illnesses such as childhood cancer, heart disease and the like. A campsite, complete with medical care, exists in Takikawa for such children and their families. With the help of donations and volunteers, smiles are returning to the faces of approximately 200 people each year.

2017/05/24

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The master sake brewer Sake Brewer Moves to Kamikawa

Kawabata Shinji. The chief brewer famous in Hokkaido. When he first resigned his previous brewery, a signature collecting campaign seeking his return was launched.

2017/05/17

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Shiokari Pass – the story of separating two great rivers – 2

In the town of Wassamu near JR Shiokari Station is an accommodation facility known to avid travelers. It is here, at this youth hostel – which has only been open for five years – that talk of the railway begins with those visiting Shiokari Pass.

2017/05/17

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A sense of crisis and excitement

The Mori to Ie Project that began in Shimokawa originated from a sense of crisis on the part of local construction companies. They feared that if things kept going the way they were the local economy would dwindle. But the construction companies' craftsmanship and hopes for new encounters also helped the project.

2017/05/17

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The towns of Hokkaido

"Men's doll's houses" that appeal to the playful spirit of youth

A broken tin roof, tatty wooden walls and an indication that someone was there until a few moments ago. Until you see such a nostalgic creation, you may have imagined that doll's houses belonged to the girly world of flowered patterns. This reality that appeals to the more masculine gender can also be said to be "miniature scenes".

2017/05/17

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The 'Mori to Ie' Project — No. 1

One house made using lots of Shimokawa-produced wood was completed in Shimokawa in winter 2012. It came to be because of the Mori to Ie Project. What kind of people do you suppose made it, and what were thinking when they did?

2017/05/10

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Dreams Brewed by a Small Sake Brewery

Kamikawa Town in Hokkaido is known for its famous tourist spot, Sounkyo. This small town is surrounded by nature and located at the gateway of “Daisetsuzan National Park”, the largest mountain park in Japan. Listen to the voice of the Town, and see its grand dreams emerge.

2017/05/10

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The towns of Hokkaido

La Pecora draws mutton and lamb fans from around Japan

The father, who wants to popularize cooking that uses every part of a sheep, insists on using sheep raised in Hokkaido. Impressed by his father, Chef Kawauchi Katsuki returned to his hometown of Takikawa. Many customers come to the restaurant all the way from Tokyo to eat milk-fed lamb, which is only available in the spring.

2017/05/10

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Shiokari Pass – the story of separating two great rivers – 1

Many of Hokkaido's major inland transportation networks are based on routes that were used by the Ainu. Shiokari Pass, located in the watersheds of both the Teshio River and the Ishikari River, is a perfect location to considering that meaning.

2017/05/03

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