December 7, 2011

December 16 & 17, 2011: Ainu Culture Seminars in Shiga

The Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture’s "Ainu Culture Seminars" series will be held in two cities in Shiga on December 16 and 17. Details are below:


"Ainu Culture Seminars” (Shiga Venue)

The Ainu are indigenous to Hokkaido and northern Japan, with a unique culture.

We will be holding seminars to spread further understanding on Ainu history, traditions, and culture for educators or people interested in the Ainu through their connections with the great explorer Takeshiro Matsuura or Omi merchants.

The series includes four seminars over two days, bringing lecturers active in promoting Ainu culture. We await your participation.

December 16 (Friday) in Takashima

Venue: Takashima Citizen’s Hall (Shimin Kaikan)
1-3-1 Nakanuma, Imazu-cho, Takashima, Shiga
Tel: 0740-22-1764
*3 minute walk from East exit, JR Omi-Imazu Station

Capacity: 60 people


09:30 – 10:40
Seminar 1: “The Sprit of Takeshiro Matsuura, the Explore that Loved the Ainu”
Mei Yamamoto (Curator, Takeshiro Matsuura Memorial Museum)

11:00 – 12:00
Seminar 2: “Keepers of Ainu Culture and Passing Down to the Next Generation”
Naomi Shimazaki (Ainu Cultural Activities Advisor)

December 17 (Saturday) in Omihachiman

Venue: Omihachiman City Human Rights Center
4-4-4 Minami, Takakai-cho, Omihachiman, Shiga
Tel: 0748-37-8890
*5 minute walk from South exit, JR Omihachiman Station

Capacity: 60 people


13:30 – 15:00
Seminar 3: “The Land of the North that the Omi Merchants Aimed For”
Tadashi Takahashi (Head, Ainu Culture Center)

15:10 – 16:40
Seminar 4: “Teaching Yukie Chiri”
Naomi Shimazaki (Ainu Cultural Activities Advisor)

Admission for the seminars is free.
Please contact the Foundation for the Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture to register for participation. Details and applications are also available here and here, respectively (in Japanese only).

Organized by: Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture

Supported by: Takashima City, Takashima Board of Education, Omihachiman City, Omihachiman Board of Education, Hokkaido Government, Hokkaido Ainu Association


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