November 23, 2011

December 15, 2011: Ainu Shadow Puppet Project

An exciting collaboration of Ainu musicians with shadow puppet artists to put on a show to retell the creation legend of the Ainu people. It is sure to be a rare opportunity and unique experience, so definitely don’t miss it!

Please contact AINU PRIDE PRODUCTIONS if you require any assistance making reservations.


Ainu Shadow Puppet Project
Poro Oyna –The Legend of the Superhuman Aynurakkur

Shadow Puppet Direction: Larry Reed
Story: OKI
Script: Tetsuro Koyano
Shadow Puppet Design: OKI, Kohey Kawamura
Music: OKI & Marewrew
Shadow Puppet Performance: UrotsuteNoyako Bayangans

Date: December 15, 2011
Time: OPEN 18:00 START 19:00

Asahi Art Square, Asakusa
Super Dry Hall 4F
1-23-1 Azumabashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Tickets: Reserved 3,500 yen / Day of 4,000 yen
Reservations can be made here:

Info: Asahi Café Night Execution Committee
Inquiries: P3 art and environment 03-3353-6866 (Weekdays 12:00-19:00)

More information available (in Japanese) here:


Nov. 26, 2011 - Feb. 12, 2012: Theme Exhibit "The World of the Ainu as Seen from the Kojima Collection"

The Historical Museum of Hokkaido will present the 157th Theme Exhibit on "The World of the Ainu as Seen from the Kojima Collection -Why did a Folk Craft Store Owner Collect Everyday Articles?-". 

The exhibit will display items collected by the Kojima family, who runs a folk craft store in Chitose. The exhibit will include approximately 150 items from the collection, also presenting the historical background of the items to provide a wide perspective on Ainu culture.


157th Theme Exhibit
The World of the Ainu as Seen from the Kojima Collection 
-Why did a Folk Craft Store Owner Collect Everyday Articles?-

Dates: November 26 (Sat) – February 12 (Sunday), 09:30-16:30
(Entry allowed until 16:00)

Venue: Historical Museum of Hokkaido  Special Exhibit Room
53-2 Konopporo, Atsubetsucho, Atsubetsuku, Sapporo
TEL: (011) 898-0456

Closed: Every Monday, Holidays (Dec. 23, Jan. 10, Feb. 11), Dec. 15 & 16 for cleaning, and Dec. 29 through Jan. 3 

Admission: FREE

Download the flyer here (PDF, in Japanese only):


November 22, 2011

November 26, 2011: OKI DUB AINU BAND @ MOVEMENTS in Nishi-azabu, Tokyo

OKI DUB AINU BAND will be performing at MOVEMENTS at Nishi-azabu eleven in Tokyo. They will be featured in a line-up of various live performances and DJs.
BING a.k.a. トシオカジワラ

...and more!
Date: November 26, 2011
Time: 22:00
Venue: Nishi-azabu eleven
Tickets: 3000 yen (2500 yen with flyer)
For more info:

November 21, 2011

November 23, 2011: "TOKYO Ainu" Screening in Shin-Yokohama

The English subtitles for the documentary film "TOKYO Ainu" (one of AINU PRIDE PRODUCTIONS' projects) has finally been completed, and the English-subtitle version will be screened in Shin-Yokohama on November 23, 2011. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session, and then by a screening of the non-subtitled version. Please check it out if you have a chance!


"TOKYO Ainu" Screening in Shin-Yokohama

Date: November 23, 2011 (Wednesday)

Screening Schedule:
13:00- TOKYO Ainu with English subtitles (Doors open at 12:30)
16:00- TOKYO Ainu without English subtitles (Doors open at 15:00)

After the English version screening, there will be talks by Ainu persons who appeared in the film and a Q & A session from 15:00.

Entrance fee:
1,500 yen in advance / 1,800 yen at the door

Venue: Space Alta
B1 Alternative Seikatsukan
2-8-4 Shin-Yokohama, Kouhoku-ku, Yokohama 223-0033

Organized by:
The TOKYO Ainu Film Screening Committee

TEL&FAX: 045-472-6349


1,500 yen in advance / 1,800 yen at the door

*Cooperation vouchers are valid. Please show the voucher at the door.

Nov. 20, 2011 – Feb. 12 2012: 80th Anniversary Exhibit: Bikky Sunazawa –Polyhedron World–

Bikky Sunazawa was a renowned artist from Asahikawa, Hokkaido, working primarily in wood-carving but also in other media such as painting and drawing. Though his work was undoubtedly influenced by his Ainu roots, they were not confined by tradition and were unique creations from a very contemporary artist.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a few of his works as part of the Yokohama Triennale 2011 exhibit at the Yokohama Museum of Art:

Toy at 3:00AM by Bikky Sunazawa
at the Yokohama Triennale 2011 exhibit, Yokohama Museum of Art

Unfortunately the Yokohama Triennale is now over (August 6 – November 6, 2011), but you can catch his work at a special exhibition now ongoing at the Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art.


80th Anniversary Exhibit: Bikky Sunazawa –Polyhedron World–

Commemorating the 80th anniversary of his birth, the exhibit presents the creative world of Bikky Sunazawa, centered around the collection from the Otoineppu Eco Museum Osashima Center BIKKY Atelier 3Moa and also including his major works from the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo Art Museum, and Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art.

Dates: November 20, 2011 – February 12 2012
Time: 9:30 – 17:00 (Entry until 16:30)

(Closed Mondays except January 9, also closed December 29 – January 3 and January 10)

Venue: Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art
Inside Tokiwa Park, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
TEL: 0166-25-2577

Admission: General/University Students 600 yen

Download the flyer (in Japanese only):


November 18, 2011

November 20, 2011: Million Strong Upopo volume 3 -Marewrew Festival- in Shibuya

The ladies of Marewrew will be performing in Shibuya on Sunday, November 20 with special guest Special Others. This is volume three in the unit's ongoing goal to achieve one million people singing upopo (traditional Ainu songs)!


Million Strong Upopo volume 3 -Marewrew Festival- in Shibuya

Date: November 20 (Sunday)
Time: OPEN 17:00  START 18:00

Venue: Shibuya WWW
Rise Building Basement
13-17 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5458-7685

Performance by:

Tickets: 3500 yen (pre-sale) / 4000 yen (day of)

Lawson Ticket: LCode 72114
Ticket Pia: TEL 0570-02-9999, PCode 149-921

Further details:


November 20, 2011: History Seminar at Historical Museum of Hokkaido

As one of its many seminars held throughout the year, the Historical Museum of Hokkaido will hold a seminar on a particular topic in Ainu history. The seminar is held in connection with the Citizen's College of Hokkaido, counting as 2 credits under Hokkaido studies.


Historical Museum of Hokkaido
History Seminar
"The Famine Suffered by the Ainu People in the Early Meiji Period"

This seminar will explore issues surrounding the famine suffered by the Ainu in eastern Hokkaido the 1880's – the strict restrictions on deer-hunting and salmon-fishing that were the backdrop to the famine, the policies of the government in trying to teach agriculture and its problems, and the Ainu response.

Date: November 20 (Sunday)
Time: 13:30 – 15:30

Venue: Historical Museum of Hokkaido  Special Exhibit Room
53-2 Konopporo, Atsubetsucho, Atsubetsuku, Sapporo

Instructor: Shin'ichi Yamada (Curator, Historical Museum of Hokkaido)

Capacity: First 80 people to register
(Please call (011) 898-0500)


November 19 & 20, 2011: The Ainu Museum Fair in Osaka

The Ainu Museum in Shiraoi, Hokkaido will be holding a fair in Osaka, including workshops, performances, and exhibits. This will be a opportunity for those in western Japan to get a taste of the Ainu Museum experience without having to go all the way to Hokkaido.

The main event will be on Sunday November 20, with a smaller pre-event on the evening of the 19th. Details are as follows:


The Ainu Museum Fair in Osaka

Date: November 20 (Sunday)
Time: 12:00 – 15:30

Venue: Osaka Central Town Hall (Chuo Kokaido), Assembly Room
1-1-27 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka


Part 1 – 13:00-13:30
Mukkur Workshop
(All participants will receive a mukkur (mouth harp))
Capacity: 200 people (reservations accepted)

Part 2 – 13:40-15:30
Seminar: "From the Kotan Along the Lake –Welcome to the World of the Ainu–"
Speaker: Masahiro Nomura (Ainu Museum, Head Curator)
(All participants will receive one noya (mugwort) manju)
Capacity: 700 people


Performance: Ainu prayer, song, dance
Capacity: 700 people
Kamuynomi (prayer to the spirits), iohayocis (impromptu song), iyomante rimse (bear-sending dance), mukkur (mouth harp), saroruncikap rimse (crane dance), etc.

12:00-15:30 (at the entrance hall)
Ainu Culture Exhibit "Ainu Clothing"

Contact: The Ainu Museum
TEL: 0144-82-39148:45-17:00

Download the Flyer (in Japanese):



"Interacting with Ainu Culture! Sing and Dance Together, Enjoy the Taste of Autumn!"

Date: November 19 (Saturday)
Time: 19:30-21:30 (OPEN 19:00)

Venue: Standard Bookstore Shinsaibashi BF Café
Crysta Grand Building
2-2-12 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL 06-6484-2239

Price: 700 yen

Part 1:
"Stories from Ikuo Maruyama Ekasi"
Hear stories from Maruyama Ekasi (elder) on Ainu culture while viewing slides.

"Ainu Clothing "
Explore Ainu clothing with the creative director and press representative from BEAMS in comparison with modern fashion.

Part 2
"Mukkur Performance & Workshop"
"Prayer and Dance (Tonkori Performance)"
Participants will receive a mukkur, and will be treated to both a performance and workshop on the instrument. Participants may also partake in the dancing at the end.

Food will be served in Part 1 of the program. The menu includes cep ohaw (salmon and vegetable soup) made with salmon flown directly from Shiraoi, Hokkaido. Peneimo (potato dumpling) and kabocha sito (squash dumpling), together with ento herb tea will also be servered.

Reservations are required.
Please call, visit the store, or email
according to the instructions on the following link (in Japanese only):

Details also available here (in Japanese only):


Nov. 19 - Dec. 25, 2011: Exhibit "A Journey of Ainu Place Names"

An exhibit of documents and materials collected by Hidezo Yamada (1899-1992), the preeminent researcher on Ainu place names, will be held at the Kitaguni (North Country) Museum in Nayoro, Hokkaido. Many of the place names in Hokkaido come from the Ainu language, and learning the origins of these names provides insight into the culture and history of the Ainu.

Seminars will be held in conjunction with the exhibit on the opening day, tomorrow November 19 (details below).

This exhibit was also held earlier this year in two locations in Wakkanai (Sep. 16 – Oct. 16 and Sep. 17 – Oct. 30, respectively).


"A Journey of Ainu Place Names –From the Research of Hidezo Yamada–"
2011 in Nayoro

Dates: November 19 (Sat) – December 25 (Sun), 9:00-17:00
(Closed Mondays)

Venue: Nayoro City Kitaguni Museum
222 Midorioka, Nayoro, Hokkaido
Tel: 01654-3-2575

Admission Free
(Admission required to view Permanent Exhibit)

Homepage (in Japanese):


November 19 (Saturday)  13:00-14:00
Seminar: Exhibition Guide
Instructor: Hokkaido Ainu Culture Research Center Employee

November 19 (Saturday)  14:30-17:00
Seminar: "Discovering the Ainu Culture of Nayoro and Northern Hokkaido"

Theme: "Interaction of Nayoro Ainu Beyond the Mountains –With a Focus on Information from Isokichi Kitakaze–"
Instructor: Masato Tamura (Curator, Historical Mueum of Hokkaido)

Theme: "Ainu Culture of Northern Hokkaido –With a Focus on Inaw–"
Instructor: Jirota Kitahara (Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University)

Organized by:
Ainu Culture Research Center
City Kitaguni Museum


Oct. 6 - Dec. 6, 2011: Special Exhibit "Ainu Life Kuriles, Sakhalin, Hokkaido"

As mentioned previously, the exhibit that was on display at the Historical Museum of Hokkaido from August through September is currently at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka through December 6.

The museum has put together a lot of associated events with this exhibit (unfortunately many which have already ended). The next event will be tomorrow November 19, a seminar titled “Ainu Customs Appearing in Paintings” by Toshikazu Sasaki of Hokkaido University. Additionally, admission is free tomorrow and the day after. Details of the seminar and other related events are below:


Special Exhibit
“Ainu Life  Kuriles, Sakhalin, Hokkaido
Centered Around the German Collection–

Dates: October 6 (Thu) – December 6 (Tue), 10:00-17:00
(Entry allowed until 16:30. Closed 11/24 and every Wednesday except 11/23)

10-1 Senri Expo Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511, Japan
TEL: (06) 6876-2151

Admission Fee:
Free on November 3 (Thu), November 19 (Sat), and November 20 (Sun)

General – 420 yen (350 yen)
High School/University Students – 250 yen (200 yen)
Elementary/Middle School Students – 110 yen (90 yen)
Prices in parentheses are for groups of 20 people and over, university students attending for a class, high school students for a class report, repeat visitors (within 3 months), and seniors 65 and above.
* For those entering through the Natural and Cultural Gardens (Shizen-Bunka-En), buy an admission ticket for the museum at one of the park entrances, so admission to the park will not be charged.
* Admission is free for disabled visitors and an accompanying person.
* Admission is free for elementary through high school students every Saturday (however, please note entrance free will be charged if passing through the Natural and Cultural Gardens).

National Museum of Ethnology
Foundation for the Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture

Homepage (in Japanese):


<Only events from November 19 onward are listed below>

November 19 (Saturday)  13:30-15:00
*MINPAU Seminar: “Ainu Customs Appearing in Paintings”
Instructor: Professor Toshikazu Sasaki (Hokkaido University)

Venue: Main Building Lecture Hall
Capacity: 450 people
Admission free, reservations not required

November 20 (Sunday)
11:00-12:00, 13:00 –, and 15:00 – (three sessions)
*MMP (MINPAKU Museum Partners) Workshop:
“Cutting Paper to Create Ainu Designs”

Venue: Main Building #3 Seminar Room
For elementary school students (3rd grade and below must be accompanied by guardian)
Capacity: 10 people per session (first come first serve on day of)
Admission free

November 23 (Wed), November 26 (Sat), December 3 (Sat)
Gallery Talk
MINPAKU instructors will conduct explanations of the exhibit at the exhibit venue.

November 23 (Wed), November 26 (Sat), December 3 (Sat)
Ainu Storytelling by Fukita Sunflower Association, 14:00 –

Special Menu at the MINPAKU Restaurant
with traditional Ainu ohaw (stew).

Ohaw Set  1400 yen
(yuk ohaw: deer stew, kabocha rataskep: boiled squash, boiled korkoni: boiled butterbur, amam: millet rice)