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Niseko Powder History【第13回】「ひらふ」のいわれ









Origin of “Hirafu”


“Niseko Grand Hirafu” is the center resort of the Niseko area. Where did the name “Hirafu” come from? As we saw in the previous chapter, the area where Hirafu is located is called Yamada, name taken from the great pioneer of the area. Various stories behind the root of the name “Hirafu” but the one with most certainty is that it was taken from an episode written in “Nihon Shoki” which is the oldest written chronicle in Japan.

On volume 26 of the Chronicle, it reads that a group lead by a man named “Abe-no-Hirafu” made their way to Hokkaido a number of times in the 7th century. During his expedition, his team fought pirates, made their way to Hokkaido and made trade with the locals (Ainu people). It is also said that Abe-no-Hirafu assigned a general to manage the “Mt. Shiribeshi” area, but there has been no actual evidence of this.

This story from Japan’s oldest chronicle seems to be where “Hirafu” was named after. Mt.Shiribeshi, which is the former name of Mt.Yotei also takes it’s name from the Chronicle. In the Chronicle, it reads that “Shiri-Bet” is an Ainu word meaning “Mountain River” and it is believed that this is referring to Mt.Yotei.



本文はニセコひらふスキー場発達史発行委員会(Committee for Publishing History of Ski Resorts Development at Hirafu)により、2011年に発行されたニセコパウターヒストリーの本文中からの転載原稿です。本文章の転用・転載は固く禁じます。

The texts are reprinted from the text of Niseko Powder History published in 2011 by Committee for Publishing History of Ski Resorts Development at Hirafu.
Reproducting all or part of this content is forbidden.
Writer: Masaharu Taniguchi
Co-ordinate: Junya Hirayama (API ltd.)