The final chapter of Satoru Noda’s Golden Kamuy manga is now out in the wild in the latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine, and its eight-year run is being celebrated in a fittingly unique way. With the help of local snow artist Tomohiro Kajiyama, a SNOW COMIC installation was crafted in the snowy fields of Hokkaido, and the results are stunning.
The installation, pictured above, measures roughly 100 meters wide by 70 meters in height, so a drone was required to properly photograph it. Images of it are being put on display in Shinagawa and Shinjuku in Tokyo and Sapporo and Obihiro on Hokkaido, complete with the tagline, “The footprints of the pair are engraved in the land of the north.”
The Golden Kamuy manga inspired an anime adaptation that currently has a fourth season on the way this October, and everything so far is available to stream via Crunchyroll. There’s also a live-action film in the works.
The story takes place in the mighty Northern field of Hokkaido, the time is in the turbulent late Meiji Era. A post war soldier Sugimoto, aka, “Immortal Sugimoto” was in need of large sums of money for a particular purpose…. What awaited Sugimoto, who stepped into Hokkaido’s Gold Rush with dreams of making a fortune, was a tattoo map leading to a hidden treasure based on hints inscribed on the bodies of convicts in Abashiri Prison?! The magnificent nature of Hokkaido vs vicious convicts and the meeting with a pure Ainu girl, Ashiripa!! A survival battle for a hidden treasure hunt begins!