• Aihara Hideki 
  • By this author: 1 Latest posted: 2014.11.10
Hokkaidō Shimbun editorial board member. Born in Yokohama in 1962. Graduated from Hokkaidō University, where he majored in agriculture. Joined Hokkaidō Shimbun in 1985. After working at the city desk and the newspaper’s Nemuro bureau, in 1995 he moved to the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk bureau in Sakhalin. He currently covers the Russian Far East.
In Search of the Northern Silk Road: From China to Japan Through the Russian Far East2014.11.10

In the Edo period (1603–1868), a major trade route stretched around 5,000 kilometers from Nanjing in China to what is now Hokkaidō in Japan, passing along the Amur River for part of its distance. I traveled to the Russian Far East to discover traces of the bygone route, sustained by Japanese, Chinese, and a variety of northern peoples. In Japan, the commerce conducted via this route was known as …

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