Polestar Magazine call for writers for upcoming issues
Hi all! Abby the *Polestar *editor here. We are putting out a call for writers for upcoming issues, especially for our monthly Around the ‘Do feature! If you are interested in sharing a town/area of Hokkaido with others or writing for us, please DM or email me!
2024 Sapporo Snow Festival
2024 Sapporo Snow Festival (74th)
8 days from February 4th (Sunday) to February 11th (Sunday/Holiday), 2024
Odori venue Nishi 1-chome to Nishi 12-chome
Tsudome venue Sapporo city sports exchange facility “Tsu Dome”
Susukino venue Ekimae-dori from Minami 4-jo-dori to Minami 7-jo-dori
Centering around the five large snow sculptures that are the symbols of the Sapporo Snow Festival, there will also be small and medium-sized snow sculptures, citizen snow sculptures, winter attractions, and more. The International Snow Sculpture Competition was held for the first time in four years.
1st Street: Winter attractions, etc.
2nd Street: Sapporo International Art Festival 2024
3rd Street: Winter attractions or small and medium-sized snow statues
4th Street: Large snow statues
5th Street: Large snow statues
6th Street: Small and medium-sized snow statues, etc.
7th Street: Large snow statues
8th Street: Large snow statues
9th Street: Small and medium-sized snow sculptures, etc.
10th Street: Large snow sculptures
11th Street: International Snow Sculpture Competition, etc.
12th Street: Small and medium-sized snow sculptures, etc.
Nandalow Radio Show
毎週金曜日夜6時 E-niwa radio 77.8FM
毎週金曜日夜10時 FM アップル札幌 76.5FM
Hello, we host an 1 hour radio show featuring international music, different genres.
Eniwa Radio 77.8FM + Sapporo APPLE 76.5FM
We are looking for musicians and bands to interview and feature on our radio show. We can also announce concerts.
Letter from Hokkaido Eric Johnston
Please visit: https://www.fccj.or.jp/number-1-shimbun-article/letter-hokkaido
過去に。 北海道は2つの島でした? #hokkaido
Kushiro Hokkaido Man Killed by Bear
Close to 11 a.m. on April 10, a resident of Kushiro City in Hokkaido who had traveled to the mountains to pick edible flora with his wife was attacked by a brown bear and died shortly after. Though his wife called emergency services as soon as she heard her husband scream and witnessed him being attacked by a “black, bear-like animal”, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death appeared to be the crushing of his head and throat.
Though the emergency services who arrived at the scene were unable to locate the animal responsible, this is unfortunately not an especially unexpected occurrence. Experts warn that bears that have just woken up from hibernation are the most likely to encounter humans, as they wander further afield in search of food. Adding to this peril is the fact that brown bear populations are on the rise in Hokkaido, which increases the risk of an encounter.
In the wake of this unfortunate incident, a representative of the Hokkaido Hunting Association expressed his anguish at it happening despite reports of bear sightings in the area and went on to share advice for bear encounters in general.
First, he dismissed the effectiveness of bear bells, small bells that jingle as you walk, and said that their only true purpose was to give their wearers peace of mind. In actuality he says that the bells ring so quietly they tend not to be audible to bears until it’s too late, meaning a better course of action is to walk loudly and speak in strong, clear voices to ensure that a bear doesn’t accidentally stumble upon you.
Of course, he concedes, this doesn’t stop bears from encountering you anyway. And in that instance, the only advice he can really offer is to be willing to fight for your life.
While tools like bear repellents can be useful, it’s unlikely that in the moment you will have the presence of mind or quick reflexes to pull out the safety pin to activate one. It…
Hokkaido Market Buy & Sell
HOKKAIDO JAPAN: Welcome to a new Hokkaido online sales group. Post & discuss items for sale, want to buy, how to ship, payment options, seeking advice, recommended Hokkaido businesses, etc. for all people of Hokkaido. Relaxed atmosphere here, but moderated for spam.
Cassette & Zine shop in Sapporo! すごい !!
北海道札幌豊平区のバーバーショップ、haircut VOX店内併設のcassette tape storeです。
主に海外のINDIE, BEAT TAPEなどを中心としたカセットテープ専門店です。日本では当店でしか入手できないものも多数ございます。
Haircut VOX / VOX CASSETTE STORE
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
National holidays in 2021
New Year’s Day January 1
Coming of Age Day January 11 (Second Monday in January)
National Foundation Day February 11
Emperor’s Birthday February 23
Vernal Equinox Day March 20
Shōwa Day April 29
Constitution Memorial Day May 3
Greenery Day May 4
Children’s Day May 5
Marine Day July 22 (Date changed for 2021)
Sports Day July 23 (Date changed for 2021)
Mountain Day August 8 (Date changed for 2021)
Mountain Day (observed) August 9
Respect for the Aged Day September 20 (Third Monday in September)
Autumnal Equinox Day September 23
Culture Day November 3
Labor Thanksgiving Day November 23
Cruising the ocean frontage roads of Tomakomai we stopped to admire this little garden paradise. The owner popped out to welcome us. He once owned a cabaret club in Chitose many years ago, now at 75 he is retired and his enjoyment is to create this garden so everyone can see. He collects the sun powered bobble head toys, he claims to have over 300. As we talked I enjoyed the sound of the surf pounding & fresh salty sea air. I want to go back and visit him, record his stories on tape and bring him a solar powered toy for his collection.
Chitose Dam 千歳ダムFun hike to visit an 100 year old dam with historic brick building. Park at the 水明郷パーキング Suimeikyo parking lot and walk the bike trail west towards the lake. Eventually you see an electric transformer station to the right. It is fenced off, avoid this of course. But right before it you will notice a deer trail. Follow the deer trail towards the river, you will reach a very steep embankment, look for the abandoned (man made) old pack mule trail that has a winding path down the mountain. Follow it to the dam. Do not enter the building or walk on the dam, it has staff working and visiting. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view. You could follow the access road west to get back to the bike trail. While in the forest look for deer antlers.
Hokkaido Restaurants, take out OK!
- New for 2020: Hokkaido restaurants that offer take out OK.
そば処 りかちや (Sapporo)
蕎麦居酒屋 \ Soba & more!満足満腹、遊び心満載をコンセプトとしております‼️
Konnichiwa, like to share some feel good stories from Hokkaido Japan. Few months ago I attended a music gig at a small cafe near my house. The party was most excellent. I have since returned to the cafe for food & coffee and was very surprised to learn the origin story. The owner is a Japanese woman, an artist, who about 8 years ago watched a film about a cute cafe in Helsinki Finland. The film is a good heart warming story. She was deeply touched and moved by the film so much that she re-created the cafe in my town, the feels, the vibes, the food, etc. I was just there today and had delicious food, great coffee and best of all, awesome people. The cafe is now celebrating 7 years of being open and is rocking out. Of course the virus situation has us all stressed and she only has very limited hours, maybe 2 afternoons a week open. It is wild as now after watching the film I really want to visit Finland. I am touched also. There is this mystery vibe connection tween Finland and my area, Hokkaido Japan. So strong that Finland Air even started weekly direct flights to my remote island. I was honored as the staff invited me to join them in the future when they will host board game nights. I think it is amazing that a person can watch a movie and be so inspired to try and bring that vibe to their own world and make it reality. It worked! So cheers to the artists who create such stirring works and cheers to the fans who admire and are deeply moved by such works ❤️
Video of the course of the Marathon during the Olympics
Waiting for the train in Chitose
Pokémon manhole covers
Attention all Pokémon Fans! Come to Hokkaido in 2020! Starting in the familiar Lake Tōya and Monbetsu with icebreaker ship, 15 cities/townships around Hokkaido will be featuring different Pokémon manhole covers. Each cover will have a unique design, so try to catch them all. Follow the Pokémon trail, and enjoy Hokkaido’s nature at its best. A map of the locations is available on their official website. Poké Lids | Pokémon Local Acts
Help Desk for Foreign Residents Opens
Feel free to visit, telephone or e-mail about procedures at public ward offices, Japanese lessons, childcare, welfare, etc. Free of charge.
Date: Nov. 28 (Thu.).
Hours: 9:30 am - 5 pm, Mon. - Fri.
Closed: Sat.. Sun.., and hol.
New Year's holiday: Dec. 28 - Jan. 5
Venue: Sapporo International Plaza
Chuo-ku, Kita 1, Nishi 3, MN Bldg. 3F
The Healthy Snacker's Guide to Japan: A bite-sized introduction to getting slim, detoxing your body, and feeling young againSee on Amazon