Sorachi General Election !

 by Kazu

This gentleman is not the real coalmine worker but he was doing his best to allure the people walking through the underground promenade in front of Sapporo JR station. Actually some people who had been working for coalmine company asked him what was happening and what he was doing. His face was turned black with shoe cream.
Our staff members are contemplating what they can do for the future of Hokkaido including Sorachi sub-prefectural area. This time,  each of 24 municipalities selected their best in each category of "to play", "to savor"and "to experience" for votes of the contest called "Sorachi General Election".
As I posted before, Sorachi area had many coalmines that supported the economic growth of Japan after World War Ⅱ. The national policy for energy procurement changed and cheaper coal came in from oversea. Needless to say, the coalmine industry in Hokkaido nosedived.
Though the number of the former coalmine workers, their family and relatives is decreasing, some people who seemed to be the former coalmine workers got interested in his costume and black face.
He seemed to have hit the nail right on the head, speaking of the people related to coalmine.  
Other than "my favorite Sorachi" general election, the image character of the newly developed portal website "Soracchi Concierge"  will be decided based on the result of the votes. The image character will play the role of the navigator for the portal site.
Depending on the impact and the popularity of the would-be icon, something like staffed doll or costume of the character may be made for the PR of the portal site and Sorachi sub-prefectural area.

 I voted for the skewered grilled chicken in Bibai City to be savored, Yohtaka Andon(Lantern) Festival in Numata Town to play and glider flight in Takikawa City to be experienced.
Of course, no political consideration must not be paid and I have no power to manipulate the result of the election but I am so afraid of the intervention of politicians and fixers of Sorachi sub-prefectural area.  
The most important point of this campaign is to popularize the name of Sorachi. Even Japanese read the Chinese character pf Sorachi as Karachi. We are not live in Pakistan albeit a certain junior high school in Iwamizawa City has the relationship through the Internet.
 So many people are voting for their favorite in Sorachi sub-prefectural area and draw lots for freebies and special present produced in Sorachi area.
Please drop by the corner of Sorachi General Election and cast lots for nice and delicious food of Sorachi sub-prefectural area.                                                

You will realize that many kinds of food including sweet, veggies raised organically, fruits, juice and wine with fame are from Sorachi sub-prefectural area.
Please find this orange coat wore by staff of this campaign in the underground promenade CHI-Ka-Ho.
Please find the entries of each category at


  1. wow~ i hope i can enjoy this. look so playfully