Hokkaido

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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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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