Hokkaido

Oldest man in the world celebrates his birthday following recognition from Guinness World Records

Hokkaido resident Masazo Nonaka credits sweets and hot springs for his longevity.

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Hokkaido woman arrested for stealing 1.9 million yen from convenience store in broad daylight

Bold but non-violent robbery says a lot about the way convenience stores operate.

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This gorgeous hot spring is actually part of one of Japan’s most convenient airports【Photos】

New Chitose Airport Onsen isn’t just convenient and gorgeous, it’s an amazingly cheap place to spend the night too!

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Japanese man tries to high five stranger on street, gets struck in the face twice instead

Arguably more tragic than being left hanging.

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Japan’s World Cup match-predicting octopus gutted after loss to Poland… literally

That’s probably one result he didn’t see coming.

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Hokkaido and Osaka team up to send NEETs to agricultural sectors to do some productive work

It’s time for Japan’s recluses to step out of their comfort zone and change the world.

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Hokkaido park’s “sakura on the ground” are a breathtaking reason to venture beyond Sapporo

The often-overlooked Doto region of Japan’s northern island is off the beaten path, but should be on your itinerary.

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Evil barbershop punished by heroic copyright agency for playing stereo

Let that be a lesson to anyone who dares play a CD in a place where it might be overheard by someone else.

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Three women arrested for smuggling 20 pounds of gold down their bras at Hokkaido airport

Hardly the last place someone would look.

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Japan Snow Battle Federation looking to make snowball fights Olympic event

It just isn’t winter games without a good old-fashioned snowball fight.

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Huge Final Fantasy snow sculpture creates epic dragon battle with awesome projection mapping【Vid】

Come for the fire-breathing dragon vs. Dragoon action, stay for the iconic victory fanfare.

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Sapporo Snow Festival reveals upcoming ice sculptures and displays for 2018

Towering snow sculptures pay homage to Final Fantasy and Osamu Tezuka’s beloved anime characters.

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Royce’s special wine-filled chocolate isn’t just luxuriously decadent, it’s preciousss

Hokkaido-based chocolatier Royce‘s limited-edition Valentine’s Day chocolates will have you salivating, and dusting off your Gollum impression.

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North Korea missile alert manga produced by Japanese government office

The cartoon might look cute and colourful, but the message it conveys is frightening.

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Photographer captures fantastical images of a fire-walking festival in northern Japan【Photos】

These photos offer a stunning look at one of Japan’s many festivals.

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North Korea fires new missile over Japan, residents woken by government warning systems

Broadcasts warned residents not to touch parts of missile if found.

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Car accident reminds us of the obvious dangers of driving while eating instant ramen

Friends don’t let friends drive and eat ramen at the same time.

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Hokkaido wild marijuana removal efforts can’t keep up with rate of growth

Plants refuse to stay down, continue to grow high.

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“He’s too cute, I can’t give him back.” Missing cat case makes fur fly on Twitter

When Motsu the cat went missing, his owners received a cruel letter from someone claiming to be his new owner.

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Hokkaido’s breathtaking Blue Pond is exactly as advertised【Photos】

After turning brown for a brief period, the body of water is back to beautiful blue.

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