Mayor Yasuhiro Sasaki's inspection tour of Hokuryu Town begins! April 2024

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

April 1, 2024, the beginning of the new fiscal year 2024.
Mayor Yasuhiro Sasaki made an inspection tour of Hokuryu Town.

Mayor Sasaki spent an hour and a half inspecting the town, including the precious Etai-betsu Dam, where melted snow moistens the town's fields; the majestic Etai-dake, seen from a vantage point beyond the Mitani district near the town border with Masuge Town; fields sprayed with snow-melting chemicals; and interaction with farmers working to set up seedling houses.

I can't believe you came all this way! Please come again!" ,,
A moment of pleasant conversation between Mayor Sasaki and the townspeople with happy smiles on their faces!

Spring is the season when farmers steadily begin their work in the buds of nature, where life dwells.

The new year will start with an exchange between the town's residents and Mayor Sasaki while experiencing the great natural beauty of Hokuryu Town!

From now on, Mayor Sasaki is scheduled to visit the town about once a month. We look forward to Mayor Sasaki's next visit!

Huetaibetsu Dam: A view of the sacred Huetaibetsu Dam that enriches the town's fields

Etai Dam
Mayor Sasaki looks over the dam with deep emotion.

Boundary district with Masuge Town

Mt. Etai with lingering snow rising majestically

Mt. Etai with lingering snow rising majestically

Plots sprayed with snow-melting chemicals

Snow-melting agent patterned field scenery seen throughout the town

Fields with snow-melting agent patterns
Basking in the spring sunlight, feeling the budding of life.

Conversation with townspeople during snow removal

Interaction with townspeople during snow removal
Conversations about the difficulty of clearing snow from the snow wall pass back and forth!

Conversation with farmers as preparations for planting begin.

With farmers starting preparations for planting.

Seedling greenhouse installation work begins.

Installation of seedling greenhouses
I had a great time talking with the new young people.

Scenery near the hill with a view

The view from near the hill of the view.
With a view of the entire town.

A view overlooking Sunflower Park Hokuryu Onsen

A view overlooking Sunflower Park Hokuryu Onsen

With boundless love, gratitude, and prayers for the precious moment when the interaction between the farmers, who are working on the farm in motion, and Mayor Sasaki pours light into the hearts of the townspeople and promotes the revitalization of the town.

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◇ Reporting and writing by Ikuko Terauchi (Photography and editorial assistance by Noboru Terauchi)