October 29, 2011

October 30, 2011: 2nd Urespa Festa @Sapporo University

The 2nd Urespa Festa, one of the activities of the Urespa Project at Sapporo University, will be held tomorrow October 30, 2011. The Urespa Project provides educational opportunities and support for Ainu students to learn about their culture and aims to build support within the greater community for Ainu activities by involving members of the community, companies, and other stakeholders in their efforts.

AINU PRIDE PRODUCTIONS is working to become one of the Urespa Project's supporters as part of our own efforts to support Ainu charities and community activities. We will keep you updated and provide a more thorough introduction of the Urespa Project soon. In the meantime, check out the Festa!


2nd Urespa Festa
October 30, 2011

 <PART 1>
Time: 13:00-17:00
Venue: Sapporo University #2 Building 3F PREA Hall

Keynote Speech by Nahoko Uehashi (Writer/Anthropologist)
"The Path I Have Walked - Stories & Anthropology -"

Panel Discussion with Nahoko Uehashi, Yuko Honda, Hideyuki Kanazawa, Kiyoshi Kawamura)

Performance by Sapporo Children's Theater Yamabiko-za
"Stomping Kicking Spirit of the Bear" (2011 Ainu puppet theater)

Presentations by Urespa Students

<PART 2>
Time: 17:30-19:00
Venue: Linden Hall East 2F

Reception (Admission Fee: 500 yen)

Urespa Club
Sapporo University Student Support Office
tel: 011-852-9108
email: urespa@sapporo-u.ac.jp

Supporters: Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo City
Cooperation from Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture


October 28, 2011

October 29 & 30, 2011: 18th Charanke Festival

Apologies for not updating for so long - things have been quite busy and I have not been available to post information at all. 

I will be posting reports and updates from the past month and a half (hopefully soon!) and a more proper calendar for the rest of the year's events (hopefully soon as well...) in the meantime, check out the events for this weekend:

The Charanke Festival is a major event bringing together the Ainu and Okinawan communities in Tokyo, and this will be the festival's 18th year running. It all started from a connection between an Ainu and Okinawan feeling a sense of kinship, and developed into the event it is today. In the past the festival has been held in the park right by the JR Nakano Station, but this year it will be held at the Araiyakushi Baishoin Temple for the first time. Come check it out if you have the chance!


18th Charanke Festival
October 29 & 30, 2011

Araiyakushi Baishoin Temple
5-3-5 Arai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-3386-1355
(JR Nakano Station/Seibu Shinjuku Line Arai Yakushi Station)

October 29:
13:00 - 18:00 Various performances by Ainu & Okinawan groups
(15:00 Kamuynomi Prayer Ceremony)

October 30:
10:00 - 18:30 Various performances by Ainu & Okinawan groups
including Ainu Art Project, etc.

Various food and goods will also be on sale on October 30.

A more detailed program and further information available at:
(in Japanese only)


Please contact AINU PRIDE PRODUCTIONS if you need any assistance.