Otaru is one of the Hokkaido towns which serve as an important setting in Golden Kamuy. The tattoed convicts were told to head to Otaru. The 7th Division men under Tsurumi also made Otaru their base. Asirpa’s kotan is said to be near Otaru too.
Otaru was a major trade and fishing port since the early days of Hokkaido colonization by Japan, and it was designated as an international trade port in 1899. Since Noda Satoru presumed that it would be easy to get foreign things in Otaru at that time, he could introduce things in Golden Kamuy that would have been rare or still unheard-of in Japan at that time, including ski and Sugimoto’s muffler.
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