There are unique winter sports in Hokkaido. Toyoura, located next to Toyako city, is a big scallop farming town. Every year, it hosts a "TOYOURA International Scallop Fishing Competition" using these scallops.
The winner is determined by the amount of scallops fished in 3 minutes. It is a task that is much more difficult than it seems. Participants are serious about winning the ￥100,000 prize money and the honor of being the best scallop fisherman in the world.
Those who break the rules are issued "yellow scallop," like the yellow card in soccer. 15-second time out in a 3-minute race can be costly. This is an original "sport" of Toyoura that is both fun to watch and play.
Kushiro has its own winter sport as well. "Rain boot ice hokey" was born in Kushiro in 1978. A former Olympian, Katsuji Morishima, who served as the educational director of the city at the time, came up with the sport, which can easily be enjoyed by every household with rain boots to combat lack of exercise.
This is the correct style of rain boot ice hockey. Normally, knee and elbow pads are worn over the outerwear. A certain manufacturer's rain boots are particularly fit for this sport, and thus used by many.
The event is held every February, and they are in the middle of advertising for the event to call in participants from other areas of Hokkaido.
Toyoura ShokokaiAddress：86-2 Saiwai-cho, Toyoura-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido
Website URL：TOYOURA International Scallop Fishing Association
Kushiro Educational CommitteeAddress：1-1 Beppo, Kushiro-cho, Kushiro-gun, Hokkaido
Website URL：Rain boots ice hockey Official Website