Hokkaido

Cups made of kelp from Hokkaido add a touch of umami to whatever you put inside

Kelp yourself to an extra flavorful cup of sake or soup.

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Japan has $10 bananas from the coldest prefecture in the country, but how do they taste?

Tropical fruit from Japan’s frosty north.

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Death of a Japanese man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing off with one

Is there any way to avoid a grisly end?

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We try blue beer made with drift ice from Hokkaido

Drift Ice Draft even looks like sea ice from the north when it’s poured.

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Japanese restaurant sears sushi with a soldering iron【Video】

Unique serving style attracts attention online. 

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10 yakuza members arrested for stealing sea cucumbers from ocean

More wayward souls caught up in the glitz and glamour of the illegal sea cucumber trade.

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Sapporo Snow Festival now officially open online!

Enjoy all the fun of Japan’s biggest winter festival from the comfort of your own home.

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Japanese media finds out if it’s cold enough to “fry” an egg on the street in Hokkaido

You never know unless you fry.

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Flying in Japan? Your flight may soon be arriving at “Hatsune Miku Airport”

Virtual idol queen might get an entire airport named after her in one of Japan’s largest cities.

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Japan’s favorite Pokémon types by prefecture–which types are the most popular?

You might guess the most popular Pokémon type in the country, but each prefecture might surprise you!

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Japanese Twitter shows reality of living in snowy Hokkaido, and it’s magical

Living in a snowy place is tough, but can be gorgeous too!

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Hokkaido man steals front end loader from neighboring town to plow snow in own neighborhood

He’ll need to steal an excavator too to dig himself out of this hole.

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Sapporo Snow Festival moves to effectively cancel event for first time in history

Next year’s exhibition venues look set to be empty for the first time in 71 years.

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Japan’s coldest prefecture offering frozen river open-air soaking this winter

Minus 20-degree weather is the perfect time for an unheated dip, right?

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Surprisingly strong Hokkaido woman arrested for poking holes in 13 expensive melons with finger

“You’re already unsellable.”

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Town in Japan now protecting itself from bears with Monster Wolf robot【Video】

Hokkaido community considers creating an entire wolfpack of howling sentries with glowing red eyes.
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Beautiful highway in Japan has terrifying traffic safety reminder

The open road might tempt you to step on the gas, but being so far from traffic means you’re far from something else too.

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Japanese airline leaves passenger behind at rural island airport after he refuses to wear mask

He might have still had a shot at flying to his destination, but he blew that too.

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Japanese survey ranks Hokkaido as the most desirable prefecture to settle down in

It turns out that a lot of Japanese people can stand the cold, after all!

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Pokémon GO player arrested for punching another player in the face

Online battles spill over into real life in Japan.

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