Anime Idol Group HAKOMEN Becomes Tourism Ambassadors for Hakodate

09.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC / SPOT

Hakodate is one of the main cities in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. In September 2021, the city launched a new tourism initiative called HAKOMEN, an anime idol group based on historical figures associated with Hakodate. Starting November 1, the members are now official tourism ambassadors! In July 2021, the Jomon historical sites in Hokkaido and the northern Tohoku region were registered as World Heritage Sites, so what better time to promote these incredible areas? 

 

Debut Song ‘Kimi to HAKO☆DATE’

 

 

HAKOMEN lore tells the story of incredible historical figures summoned to the present day by the Hollow Dogu, the only National Treasure in Hokkaido and on display at the Hakodate Jomon Culture Center. Forming an idol group to promote the town, the five members see the Hollow Dogu as their producer. On October 14, HAKOMEN made their debut with the song Kimi to HAKO☆DATE, which is already racking up impressive YouTube views. 

 

 

Comments from the Members

 

Hijikata Toshizo / A Cutting-Edge Commander and Moodmaker
https://twitter.com/hako_hijikata

“I was surprised that I, a man who had mastered the way of the blade, would somehow become Hakodate’s tourism ambassador.
I will put all of my energy into promoting this place!” 

 

 

Takeaki Enomoto / A Highly Ambitious Peacemaker
https://twitter.com/hako_enomoto

“I’m not even from this era, but you want me to do PR for Hakodate?!
Now that I’m here, I’ll be sure to convey some of the charms that only someone from the past would know!”

 

 

Takuboku Ishikawa / A Calm and Peaceful Lover of Sweets
https://twitter.com/hako_isikawa

“I love Hakodate so much that I moved there during my time, so I’m thrilled to promote it as an ambassador!
I’ll do my best to make all kinds of people fall in love with Hakodate!”

 

 


Matthew C. Perry / A Happy and Gourmet Scatterbrain
https://twitter.com/hako_perry

“Back when I showed up on my black ships, the people of Hakodate were so lovely♪
It’s such an honor to be able to work with Hakodate~ I’ll do my very best!”

 

 

Ayasaburo Takeda / An Open-Minded Big Brother Character
https://twitter.com/hako_takeda

“As an ambassador for tourism to Hakodate, I’d love to promote Goryokaku fortress which I designed as an architect in 1855.
Of course, it’s not the only attraction Hakodate has to offer!”

 

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