With its grizzled old soldier searching for hidden gold on the frontier with a young indigenous girl, Golden Kamuy is broadly reminiscent of a Western. But in its choice of setting, the Meiji Era, and post Russo-Japanese War in Hokkaido, Kamuy gives us a glimpse of a Japan we haven't really seen before in anime. Take a jump over the link as we explore this little known time in Japanese history in more detail.
They look cute and cuddly, but North American raccoons (procyon lotor) are an invasive species in Japan, and recent reports about the number of nuisance raccoons captured in Hokkaido indicate that the furry critters aren't going away any time soon. Hit the jump to learn more.
A clever engineer has reproduced the look of Nausicaä's glider with a functional aircraft that completed its first test-flight on July 31, 2016, at the Takikawa Sky Park in Nakajimacho, Takikawa City, Hokkaido, Japan. Hit the jump to soar the friendly skies.
The search for the 2016 "Snow Miku" has begun with a contest sponsored by Piapro and Good Smile Company. The winner's design will become the official Hatsune Miku spin-off character for the 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
Combining chocolate with peanut butter creates a match made in Heaven, but will combining chocolate with regular butter be divine or diabolical? The Kit Kat Chocolatory in Sapporo aims to find out. Hit the jump to learn more.
Hokuto-city, a 48,000 population city in Hokkaido, held an official citizen poll to choose its own promotional character in early November. The winner was a surf clam sushi-motif creature named "Zuushii Hokkii." Check the unofficial anime PV after the jump.
On June 23 and 24, Hokkaido Japan will be hosting the Toyako Manga Anime Festa 2012 at a hot spring resort famous for being the site of the 2008 G8 summit. In honor of the occasion, and through August, the local Evergreen Taxi service will be running cars coated in colorful itasha wrappers. Get a look after the jump.
51 Family Marts in Hokkaido will be doing a Snow Miku promotion during Sapporo's Yuki Matsuri (snow festival) from February 6-12th. The four stores closest to the festival will be decorated, too. Hit the jump for a preview!