Aerial photo of Hakodate on the northern island of Hokkaido, where loyal supporters of the Tokugawa clan staged a final, but unsuccessful stand against the Meiji government.
Ram cards usher in the new year.
Traditional instrument of the Ainu people of Hokkaido. Sound is made by pulling on strings attached to a thin bamboo board. The mouth is used to add resonance.
A sign in a post office reminds its occupants not to smoke.
Text: Go-jiyuu ni otori kudasai