Summer used to be mild and pleasant in Hokkaido. But now record-breaking temperatures are making residents and tourists pray for the humming of an air-con.
Hokkaido, with the rest of Japan, shares 14,000 years of deep historical roots from Jomon culture to Edo-era defenses against the foreign challengers of today.
From detailed recordkeeping to map making, the early history of Hokkaido and the Northern Territories documents the region as an integral part of Japan.
Keiko Nakamura explains that Edo period samurai risked their lives to protect Hokkaido. That history could be lost if the propaganda is not addressed.
A cafe in Hokkaido is a haven for bird watchers and photographers eager to catch a glimpse of the fluff-ball cuteness and cheeky antics of the...
Iwaya Inc aims to take travelers to the stratosphere on balloons by 2023. By lowering costs, it hopes to achieve its ultimate mission of democratizing space.
The order was later retracted but North Korean missile provocations are escalating, with launches of an unprecedented frequency near Japan.
"It is important not to lose our food culture" says Professor Takashi Matsuishi, adding that whale should be used "sustainably based on scientific evidence."
Finally, after three years, the Sapporo Snow Festival is again drawing in visitors from inside and outside of Japan, albeit with toned-down festivities.
As the New Year progresses, many will start planning their travels to see the cherry blossoms in 2023. The Japan Meteorological Corporation has released the first...
In sake brewing, temperature is key. Compelled by climate change, Michizakura brewery moved from its home of 143 years to Hokkaido. But others aren't so lucky.
Guitars made in Japan by Okhoskt craftsmen have a stable, accurate sound and are finished with a sophisticated painting technique, making them popular overseas.