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A few weeks prior to the devastating March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, Anthony Bourdain and his crew set out to discover Japan's northernmost prefecture Hokkaido.

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Torimatsu Izakaya

In the Niseko ski area, Tony meets some locals for yakitori before a day of skiing and snowboarding.

North 3, West 1 Chuo-ku, Japan

 
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Rakuichi Soba

Chef and master soba maker Tatsuru Rai makes soba by hand in this Niseko chalet.

 
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Takinoya Ryokan / Tamanoyu Robata-yaki

Tony enjoys the onsen (hot spring) and robata-yaki (grilled seafood) at this ryokan (a traditional inn).

31 Noboribetsu Onsen Town, Noboribetsu-City, Hokkaido, Japan

 
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Ainu Cultural Center

Tony meets the director of the Ainu Village Ikuo Yamamaru and is invited to his home for a traditional Ainu lunch.

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