"Kai" - Volume 19 of the quarterly Hokkaido magazine.
Issue 19 of "Kai," the Hokkaido magazine, is finally on sale. This volume is the first to feature the magazines new design!
But where does the name "Kai" come from?
It seems that it was derived from the use of the sound "Kai" in different words:
・The "Kai" in Hokkaido
・The "Kai" in Kaitaku (development)
・The "Kai" in Yukai (happiness)
With just the sound of these three letters "Kai" I can feel the impact of the Hokkaido spirit!
There is also some influence from the Greek letter χ (which sounds like "Kai"), which means a place for meeting and exchange.
The magazine has chosen this name because it is well aware of the role that it plays as a way of bringing people together, and allowing them to exchange ideas.
This issue's title also promotes the keyword "Sukoyakashiko" which is derived from a phrase meaning "A healthier and wiser tomorrow."
It is a phrase that many who visit Hokkaido have on their minds, and one that we should all strive to achieve.
Let's take a look at this issue's table of contents!
The 120 page magazine has quite a variety of interesting articles.
The featured article is "See you at the station!"
This article covers the different meeting spaces found in stations, one of the many meanings of "Kai."
The article tells stories and features pictures from Iwamizawa Station, Wakkanai Station, and the Hakodate-Kikonai-Esashi line. It also features residents of Wakkanai and Iwamizawa, those who struggled to build up the city around the stations.
The history of Hokkaido's Bullet Train, as well as tales from southern Hokkaido residents who cultivate the region's transportation industry.
The content is deep, and the article has top notch reporting, truly a fantastic feature.
Perhaps the most interesting piece was about Hokkaido's original "Ekitei."
During the development of Hokkaido these "Ekitei" were used as lodging for travelers and their horses, as well as spots where cargo could be stored.
Although the word "Eki" in Japanese usually means station, there were no train lines connecting the Ekitei. But seeing as these spots were used in much the same way, the name stuck. These locations were indispensable for the development of Hokkaido.
Yajima Azusa's "The town and railroad." This is my favorite section, the pictures and articles are wonderful!
This article features a page on the Sekihokuhon Line between Engaru and Abashiri.
The landscape, people, buildings, and foods have all been illustrated and introduced.
Rather than just a regular picture diary, the history of the cities and railways are all explained with the help of these illustrations. Not only the facts of the past, but also the feeling of the area. The length of the articles is also quite compact, making the read a joy!
Another illustrated section is the "Sapporo Sketch Walk."
The theme of this section is to find a new perspective to enjoy Sapporo's sights, and this issue they have focused on "A walk around Sapporo neighborhoods."
Of course, a Hokkaido magazine wouldn't be complete without an article on food.
This issue there is an article on agricultural cooperatives involved in organic breeding and organic farming.
In one issue of "Kai" you can find articles on towns, people, food, and history.
No matter your interest you can find charming articles with in-depth coverage of the issue.
The articles, and the photographs are all high quality, so by all means the next time you spot an issue of "Kai" in a bookshop be sure to pick it up and take a look!
＜季刊誌 北海道マガジン『カイ』＞ (Hokkaido quarterly magazine - "Kai")
Website: http://www.kai-hokkaido.com/ (Digital distribution is available.)
(Hokkaido Likers Writer - Kosuna Shizuko)
Photography by Naomitsu Hayashi.