The MVP of March, 2012 !

by Regional Policy Division, Local Policy Planning Dpt., SORACHI Sub-prefectural Office

First off, on behalf of my colleagues and myself in Hokkaido Government, I we would like to extend our sincere wishes for long and happy stay in Hokkaido to all the expatriates in Hokkaido and all the visitors from other part of this globe. And I really appreciate your visiting to this web site and attention.
Here we happily announce that the MVP of March 2012 is ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・

Mr.Andrew Evans from the United Kingdom !

Thank you very much for your contributions of words and photos, Mr,Evans!

Please enjoy our present of Japanese sake KITA no NISHIKI "ARABASHIRI" brewed up by KOBAYASHI Brewery in Kuriyama Town, SORACHI sub-prefectural area, Hokkaido.

As described on the package of this sake bottle, please cool down the sake in the fridge and drink it after took out the bottle and found the perspration on the bottle. That is the best timing to extract the real value of this sake. 

If you could send me your comment on this sake I really appreciate it more and send it to the brewery!
Before that please send me where we should send this present, your address to

We are now selecting the present for the MVP of this English blog in April. I think it will be the sweets such as cakes or confections to enhance the contributions of words and photos from ladies.
"Maple Club" in Iwamizawa City that will be introduced on this blog later and  "Kitakaro" in Sunagawa City introduced on this blog before  is the candidate of sweets maker for the present.

We hope we will have more contributions of words and photos because the viewers of this blog site are in various countries such as the U.S.A., Russia, Canada, Bulgaria, Italy, Philippines, Australia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, Brazil, Netherlands, Pakistan, Ghana and Nigeria.

We welcome your contributions of words and photos on beautiful, delicious, eyeball-popping or curious Hokkaido !

Besides, we really extend our appreciation to Alan and Kurt in the U.S.A. for contributing nice articles, photos and attending to this project.  And thank you, Mr.Steven Paul Wright in Bibai City for giving us good advice to launch the project and comments to the blog.

We can not send the present to abroad now but we will make it to show our appreciation.   

Thank you all again !
It is a good start of Japanese fiscal year.

"The layout on this blog is under the control of the director of our division. Please allow his level of artistic sense. The copyrights of articles and photos will belong to google and our division. Basically almost no censorship should be done and the articles and photos sent by the expats in Hokkaido will be posted on this blog.
   I think most of the expatriates in SORACHI sub-prefectural area know the email address to send the contributions and the mobile phone number for emergency call to be given the help by  KAZU.  If you don't know those contact, please do not hesitate to make a phone call to this number, from Monday to Friday, 8:45 to 17:30. Once you got the mobile contact of Kazu, it will be available around the clock.

email address: ikeda.kazuaki@pref.hokkaido.lg.jp
Kazuaki IKEDA
Director, Regional Policy Division, Local Policy Planning Dpt., SORACHI Sub-prefectural Office,
Hokkaido Government

Basically the MVP of the month award should be given to the expatriates in Hokkaido because it is very tough to handle the custom clearance procedure for the staff in our division. That means the expatriates in other part of Japan can be given the award and present according to his/her number and level of contributions.
Pen name is OK but the nationality should be shown on this blog with the articles and photos. And naturally the person who is offered the MVP of the month award in this blog site talk-hokkaido will be asked the address to send the present."

In April, we will select another kind of freebie for the MVP of the month. But depends on the comments on this blog, we may select "ARABASHIRI" again for the MVP.

We will very looking forward to having many contributions to introduce the best of Hokkaido from you all.

Again, if any questions, please do not hesitate to call our division though most of the staff don't have a good command in English. If you feel difficulty to ask the email address to send a contributions on the phone, please cry out the name of KAZU or IKEDA. The staff will give you the mobile phone number of the director.

It has been decided that the MVP of the year 2012 in this blog will be treated to the special dinner hosted by KAZU in Iwamizawa or the other place of Hokkaido in the convenience of the winner in January of 2013.

Only one present will be delivered to the MVP of the month.
by Kazu