Hokkaido

A random stranger (or possibly a river spirit) gives us a ramen recommendation by a frozen stream

He also makes a startling invitation.

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“Hey, Japanese taxi driver, take us to the best seafood joint in Otaru!”

What happens when we put our faith in a cab driver for local restaurant recommendations in Hokkaido?

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Prefectural rivalry in Japan: Survey reveals which areas compete against each other, and why

Competition between prefectures is real, and there’s a reason why it happens.

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Hokkaido man arrested after daring daylight theft of 141 super balls

Suspect claims he took the balls but didn’t steal them.

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A chance to experience what goes into making Japan’s Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Winter enthusiasts will gain a deeper understanding of the behind-the-scenes efforts involved with this breathtaking Hokkaido festival.

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Hokkaido police station evacuated after elderly man brings bombshell in a plastic bag

More people were surprised about the plastic bag.

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Japanese company caught out for over-processing autumn leaves photo at popular tourist site

Japan’s fall foliage is beautiful at this time of year, but it definitely doesn’t look like this.

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Eight new Pokémon manhole covers featuring Vulpix spawn in snowy Hokkaido Prefecture

Some legendary Pokémon make their Pokéfuta debut as well.

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New adorable, two-color Vulpix airplane will take you to Hokkaido, not even for a limited time

Get ready for a new Pokémon-themed airplane!

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Survey picks Japan’s most attractive prefectures – Familiar spots at top and bottom of rankings

Prefectures at the bottom might not be as bad as the numbers make them seem, though.

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Flower park in northern Japan looks too beautiful to be real, but this happens every year【Photos】

Hokkaido park calls this time of year the “green season,” but “rainbow season” would be a lot more accurate.

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Russian defector claims to have swam for 23 hours to Japan because “sick of Putin admin”

There’s “sick of” and then “swim for 23 hours in the ocean sick of.”

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Japan’s “edible tear gas ramen” lives up to its name【Taste test】

The convenience store treat (?) from Japan’s northern island is delicious…as long as you eat it the right way.

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Russian man who swam to Japan was reportedly kicked out of Japan in 2011 for visa violation

The authorities probably know who he is, but now the question becomes what to do with him.

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Sapporo man attempts to rob store with lighter, goes as you’d expect

A story on the lighter side of crime.

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Man claiming to be Russian who swam to Japan seeking asylum appears in Hokkaido town

What would drive someone to swim between countries?

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Seven new Pokémon-themed manhole covers featuring Vulpix make their debut in Hokkaido this summer

Lots of Vulpix love in this batch!

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Ocean’s 11: heist of over 2M yen in sea cucumbers thwarted by Japanese coast guard

Like they always say, stealing sea cucumbers doesn’t pay.

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Hokkaido senior secretly gets four doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The refreshing taste of the COVID-19 vaccine kept him coming back for more.

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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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