Life in Otaru during the summer: Hanging out in Kiroro Resort

Happy Friday! This website will be showing what life is like in Hokkaido throughout the 4 seasons. Today I want to talk about what summer is like in the area I am: today especially Kiroro. I really like living in Otaru as it is in between Niseko and Sapporo. We get a good balance of … Continue reading Life in Otaru during the summer: Hanging out in Kiroro Resort

Our Drone trip around Hokkaido postponed to September

Happy Friday! Helping Dragon will be posting a weekly (tourism related) blog of what has been happening in Japan, mainly Hokkaido. This is in hopes to help you to plan your trip here, as well as to keep a record of our experiences to develop better content in the future. This year has been difficult … Continue reading Our Drone trip around Hokkaido postponed to September

The Suicide of a Japanese star Haruma Miura and the Japanese Society

A Japanese star actor was found dead on 18th July in his home in Tokyo.  He was 30 years old. In his final post on Instagram, he had stated for the fans to look forward to the drama that will broadcast from September 2020, so it came as a surprise for all of us that … Continue reading The Suicide of a Japanese star Haruma Miura and the Japanese Society

The 2 ports you should know to enter in and out of Hokkaido.

Image from Mitsui Shosen HP It makes us very happy to see more and more people from overseas traveling long term/distances across Japan! Did you know that you can take a ferry from the mainland to travel Hokkaido? The price ranges from 8000~10,000 yen, and the duration takes roughly 20 hours. So if you have … Continue reading The 2 ports you should know to enter in and out of Hokkaido.

Roadtrip across Hokkaido during the summer!!

It’s July, one of the best months of Hokkaido!! Hokkaido has been very popular globally especially for its powder snow during the winter. Living in Niseko, I was surprised how Niseko becomes the most international location of Japan in the winter. I came across so many internationals that loved the winter and they keep coming … Continue reading Roadtrip across Hokkaido during the summer!!

Understanding diverse types of Japanese Cuisine

Image by Unsplash What are the major categories of Japanese Cuisine? First, I would say Japanese wouldn't be able to live without seafood. Consisted of 4 islands all surrounded by the sea, our cuisine uses so many ingredients coming from the sea. We are one of the only people that traditionally eat fish raw for … Continue reading Understanding diverse types of Japanese Cuisine

Izakaya strategies and our recommended backstreets

During your trip to Japan, you should definitely experience izakaya bar culture. Image from Flickr In these establishments you can enjoy Japanese-style cocktails and tapas dishes for extremely reasonable prices. The dishes tend to be smaller, and you would usually share the dishes with everyone. If you don't know what to eat, hop into an … Continue reading Izakaya strategies and our recommended backstreets