It is been two years since the summer edition and it is now wintertime, our heroine Chichi, who has started working at “fune” visits Tokachi once again. At the lodge, Chichi meets Shelly, a study abroad student from Taiwan, who introduces her to local tourism spots and the lives of the people in the community. Chichi then runs into Luke, an Australian artist who creates his artwork using ice crystals and snowflakes as a recurring theme. As Chichi captures through her camera lens the winter sceneries and the people she meets, she begins to discover new charms that the winter wonderland of Tokachi has to offer.
The “My little guidebook” project started in 2013.
Volunteers from Tokachi came together and started working with a pure and simple motivation, “to spread the charm of Tokachi to the world”.
This movie was financed by grants and funds from the local government, companies and individuals from the community. The movie is available on Youtube for free.
This was a completely new form of movie production because the idea was to make the movie itself public goods.
We believe interesting and valuable things are not only in the big cities but they come from the countryside.
Up until now, things of interest were gathered at showcases in metropolitan areas
but today we can create them in the countryside and spread them to the world directly. Toshiya Kubo,
a producer from the world renowned Sapporo International Short Film Festival, said,
“This team has a passion for their hometown and they are creating the movies of tomorrow”.
Tokachi is an area with beautiful nature located in the middle of Hokkaido.
After driving about 2 hours from the International airport, tourists will be moved by the magnificent sceneries of the open fields of Tokachi.
From outdoor activities like fishing and skiing, to gourmet and hot springs and more, Tokachi is filled with wonderful tourist attractions.
During the winter it has the highest percentage of clear weather in Japan making the winter days sunny with blue skies.
It is perfect for driving and enjoying outdoor activities. There are many natural phenomenons you can only witness in Tokachi.
They are worth looking at (you will see them in the movie). Tokachi is known as Food Valley and highly conscious about their produce and food.
The vegetables and meats of Tokachi are recognized overseas as the TOKACHI BRAND. But the best part about Tokachi is the people.
With its long history of agriculture, the people of Tokachi survived the years by helping one another.
The warmth of the people in Tokachi will surely warm up the hearts of tourists and remain a fond memory in their heart.
We feel that this is a completely new kind of movie. It features many people and locations that actually exist, but it is also a fusion of dramatic fiction and Tokachi’s non-fiction.
We hope many people will watch this movie and add Tokachi to their list of potential trip destinations. The people of Tokachi will welcome you with open arms.
Lastly, I would like to thank everybody who contributed to the production of this film. Thank you so much.