Hokkaido-based Ishiya Co., Ltd. make Shiroi Koibito 白い恋人, one of Japan's most famous and beloved cookies. Literally meaning "white lover," the cookies are langue-de-chat style sandwich cookies, with white chocolate inside. Appreciated as gifts and enjoyed at home for over 40 years, they are synonymous of Hokkaido, and the white snows the prefecture is famous for.

Also famous for its association with Hokkaido is Golden Kamuy, winner of the 2018 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. Set in the early twentieth century in the wilderness of the Japanese frontier of Hokkaido, Satoru Noda's exciting adventure manga Golden Kamuy tells the story of Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi Sugimoto and a native Ainu girl Asirpa as they set out on a treacherous quest to find a hoard of hidden Ainu gold. They face wild animals, murderous cutthroats who also know about the treasure, and other challenges along their way.

Now, the two have decided to join forces on a beautiful decorative tin of 36 cookies featuring the deuteragonist Asirpa and the white wolf Retar on the cover.

The tins will be available for a limited time in Hokkaido at Shiroi Koibito Park, ISHIYA CAFÉ New Chitose Airport Store, and Sapporo Odori Nishi 4 Building ISHIYA Shop. Fortunately for those who can't travel to Hokkaido, it will also be sold at the ISHIYA online shop.

Product Information

  • Name: Shiroi Koibito 36 Golden Kamuy Collaboration Tin
  • Content: 36 Shiroi Koibito cookies (27 white, 9 black)
  • Price: 3,780 JPY (incl. tax)
  • Illustration: Ashiripa and Retar
  • Online sales from Dec. 21st 10:00 (JST) until Jan. 31st, 2021
  • Website

By - Ben K.