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Towns created by people and the forest

One large river flows north and another flows south. The Teshiogawa and Ishikarigawa. There are two unique towns in the upper river basins of these two giant water systems that form Hokkaido. Both are relatively unknown in most of Japan, and are called Shimokawa and Kamikawa towns.

2017/04/19

Kamikawa, a Town of "Hospitality"

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A New Sake Brewery is Born (1)

Updated on May 3...

2017/05/03

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A New Sake Brewery is Born (2)

Updated on May 10...

2017/05/10

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Uniting the district- The Asahigaoka Project (1)

Updated on May 24...

2017/05/24

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Uniting the district- The Asahigaoka Project (2)

Updated on May 31...

2017/05/31

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Town development by immigrants (1)

Updated on June 21...

2017/06/14

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Town development by immigrants (2)

Updated on June 21...

2017/06/21

Shimokawa, a Town of the Forest

駐車場の街灯から離れるにつれ、やわらかな闇と、足元の締まった雪と、木々の世界に引き込まれる

A walk through the forest under the light of the full moon

About 90% of the incorporated area of the town of Shimokawa, Hokkaido consists of forests. Interacting with the forests is part of the local lifestyle. Here we met a number of people who are deeply related with the forests. Our first story is about our meeting with a forest guide.

2017/04/19

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Like a flowing river — the many jobs related to the forest create a community

The town of Shimokawa began proactively converting land for commercial foresting when it purchased 1,221 hectares of national forest from the government in 1953. That was the beginning of its recycling type forest management in which it afforests 50 hectares of land every year and deforests them over the course of 60 years.

2017/04/26

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The Forest and Home Project (1)

Updated on May 10...

2017/05/10

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The Forest and Home Project (2)

Updated on May 17...

2017/05/17

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Fir tree oil and Tourist Association

Updated on June 7...

2017/06/07

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Ichinohashi Bio Village(1)

Updated on June 21...

2017/06/21

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Ichinohashi Bio Village(2)

Updated on June 28...

2017/06/28

Side stories

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The Divide between Two Towns- "Shiokaritoge" #1

Updated on May 3...

2017/05/03

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The Divide between Two Towns- "Shiokaritoge" #2

Updated on May 17...

2017/05/17

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The Divide between Two Towns- "Shiokaritoge" #3

Updated on May 31...

2017/05/31

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The Divide between Two Towns- "Shiokaritoge" #4

Updated on June 14...

2017/06/14

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