Hokkaido is the second largest main island of Japan, and the largest and northernmost prefecture. Hokkaido is located at the north end of Japan coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, the Pacific Ocean and bordering with Russia Federation. The land of Hokkaido is 83,423.84 km2 that makes it one of the largest island of Japan.
It is one of the eight prefectures in Japan, which have sub prefectures with nine general Sub-prefectural Bureaus and five Sub-prefectural Bureaus. However, it is the only one of the eight to have such offices covering the whole of its territory outside the main cities.
Hokkaido is the coldest part of Japan with a snowy winter and relatively cool summers. High quality of powder snow and beautiful mountains make Hokkaido a popular region for snow sport and tourism. The snowfall usually commences in earnest in November and ski resorts (such as those at Niseko, Furano, Teine and Rusutsu) usually operate between December and April.
One of the most popular place for tourism in Hokkaido is Niseko town. Niseko is located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido. It refers to a mountain range and a municipal area. Niseko’s main industry are tourism and agriculture. It is composed of six ski areas, in order of size: There are six ski areas in Niseko, which are the Niseko Hirafu, Niseko Village, Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Hanazono, Niseko Moiwa and Niseko Weiss.
Snow is the main reason for tourism in Niseko, which make this industry vulnerable because of global warming and climate change.
Badakhshan is the largest region of the Republic of Tajikistan, which is located in eastern part of the country. Officially, it recognized as Autonomous Mountains Region of Badakhshan (Viloyati Muxtori Köhistoni Badaxshon). Badakhshan covers all the eastern part of the country and borders with China in the east, with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the south and Kyrgyzstan in the north. Badakhshan is also the coldest part of the Republic of Tajikistan and famous with highest mountains, glaciers and rivers.
High mountains, large glaciers, rivers, lakes, the hot springs and wild animals makes Badakhshan popular and most attraction place for tourism in the country. The Pamir Mountains also famous as the Roof of the World are located in this region.
Badakhshan consist of seven districts and one capital town – Khorog located in the famous Pamir Mountains. The highest peak in post-soviet countries – Ismoili Samani (7495 m) and the longest glacier in the world outside of the Polar Regions – Fedchanko (77 kilometres and covering over 700 square kilometres) are located in the Badakhshan region in the northern part of Vanj district. The peak is named after Ismail Samani, a ruler of the Samanid dynasty in nine centuries and the glaciers named after Alexei Pavlovich Fedchenko, a Russian explorer (but not discoverer of the glacier).
Vanj District is a district in east Tajikistan, in the north-west of the Badakhshan Region. Vanj is the largest district according to agricultural lands and agriculture productions in the Badakhshan.It is very popular with fresh ecological fruits and vegetables like golden delicate apple, nuts sweet apricots and so on. At the same time, Vanj district is one of the more rainy district of the country has the longer winter with more snowy days than other districts.
It is also popular with its wrestling sportsmen like national wrestling (kushtii milli) judo and sambo in the country. Despite the fact that Hokkaido and Badakhshan are located in two different regions of the world, but there are many things that makes them look alike.
Things that resemble Hokkaido and Badakhshan are below:
Both Hokkaido and Badakhshan are (one of) the largest part of the countries and has a borders with foreign – neighbor countries.
Hokkaido has its own history and nature, where there living Ainu people with their own languages and uncial traditions.
There is also Pamiri language (Pamir languages are an areal group of the Eastern Iranian languages) speakers Tajiks living in Badakhshan with their historically saved tradition and behaviors. Other Tajiks speak Tajiki/Persian language (the Western Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family). Iranian languages are the branch of the Indo-European language family.
Both Hokkaido and Badakhshan one of the most attractive regions for tourism in the countries.
Both Hokkaido and Badakhshan are popular with their mountains.
Both Hokkaido and Badakhshan are the coldest part of the countries with the longest winter period season.
In the conclusion, I would like to share my own experience with my dear reader. I was born in Vanj District of Badakhshan and grew up there until 2003. The most interest season in my childhood was winter. Winter began from early November and continued last March in nineties years during my childhood. There was very fresh and dry snow, which I enjoyed a lot.
Nevertheless, during the very short period the weather is changing unbelievably. Now, there is absolutely different winter in Vanj district. The snow is not so dry that it was and the winter period is no much long. Sometimes I went to Vanj district from Dushanbe the Capital of my country, where I am living now, to meet with my childhood friend-snow, but it was not much more my friend, became wet and looks tired.
Fortunately, when I went to Niseko town in December 2019, the first thing that I feel after going out from the bus was the smell. The smell of dry snow the smell of my childhood in Vanj.
I found my childhood friend in Nisseko – Hokkaido. Unfortunately, global warming is covering all over the world and climate is changing in every part of the world. I hope the government of Japan and Hokkaido administration do their best against climate change and gives peoples dreams and friends long live.