Tomakomai wants to boost tourism by sharing creative works

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This is the final installment in a three-part series on Tomakomai’s efforts to tap into pop culture in an effort to boost tourism.

In mid-October, Satoru Noda, the creator of the popular manga ‘Golden Kamuy’, which ended in April, attended a high school in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, which has a strong ice hockey team. He visited a classroom, a cafeteria and a locker room and took pictures one after the other. It was his third visit to Tomakomai that year for research for his next work.

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“I can only draw something interesting by seeing the real things on the ground, not my imagination,” says Noda, who is from Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido.

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