January 20, 2012

Jan 20-Feb 10, 2012: 18th Annual Inkaruspe Ainu Culture Festival

The city of Sapporo will be holding a variety of events throughout January and February as a part of the 18th Annual Inkaruspe Ainu Culture Festival. Details of the various events are below.


Ainu Peoples Symposium 
-Thinking About Ainu Rights and Reparations-

Keynote speech by Prof. Yugo Ono, Hokkaido University
Panel discussion, traditional song and dance performances

Date: January 20, 2012 (Fri)
Time: 18:00 - 20:30

Venue: "Kaderu 2.7" Hokkaido Citizens Activites Promotion Center
Room 820; Kita 2-jo Nishi 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo

16th Annual Pewre (Young) Ainu Gathering
-Thinking About The Future of Pewre Ainu-

Keynote speech by Prof. Hisakazu Fujimura, Hokkai Gakuen University

Date: January 28, 2012 (Sat)
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Venue: Sapporo Ainu Culture Center
27 Koganeyu, Minami-ku, Sapporo

19th Annual All Hokkaido Mukkur Competition/
11th Annual All Hokkaido Tonkori Compeition

Date: February 4, 2012 (Sat)
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Venue: Sapporo Ainu Culture Center
27 Koganeyu, Minami-ku, Sapporo

18th Annual Ainu Music Concert

Ainu singing, music, dance, and more!

Date: February 5, 2012 (Sun)
Time: 13:00 - 17:00
Venue: Sapporo Ainu Culture Center
27 Koganeyu, Minami-ku, Sapporo

Panel Exhibit, Traditional Tools Exhibit
Date: February 8 (Thu) - February 10 (Fri), 201
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Venue: Sapporo City Hall Lobby
Nishi 2-chome, Kita 1-jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo

Web (in Japanese only):


January 19, 2012

January 20, 2012: Ainu Culture Public Seminar "Kiroroan"

Kiroroan means "happy" or "fun" in the Ainu language, and is the title of the Ainu Culture Public Seminar series regularly held by the Tokyo Ainu Culture Center. The next seminar will be held January 20 at 19:00:


Ainu Culture Public Seminar "Kiroroan"
"Passing Down Ainu Women's Work"

It is said that in Ainu society, it was the role of women was to support and hold together the family, doing craftwork such as weaving and sewing, gathering and storing wild plants, and various work in the home such as cooking. Etsuko Hori, who is a keeper of this traditional Ainu women's work, will be the instructor at the seminar, teaching us with words, song and dance and telling us of her efforts to pass down what she learned from her grandmother and mother down to her children and grandchildren.

Date/Time: January 20 (Friday) 19:00-20:30
Venue: Tokyo Ainu Culture Center
(3F Urban Square Yaesu, 2-4-13 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)

Instructor: Etsuko Hori (From Urakawa, Hokkaido; Urakawa Ainu Social Worker)
Admission: Free (No reservations necessary)
Capacity: 40 people


January 17, 2012

January 19-24, 2012: -Jomon~Ainu- Koji Yuki & Atsushi Hirata Exhibition

The cafe gallery Runan in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo will be hosting a 2-man exhibition of Koji Yuki (Ainu Art Project) and Atsushi Hirata (self-proclaimed "Jomon artist") from Janaury 19 to 24.

The two will also host a January 21 workshop on making deer whistles and drawing Ainu designs.


Koji Yuki & Atsushi Hirata Exhibition

January 19 (Thu) - 24 (Tue)
OPEN 12:00 - 20:00

Deer Whistle and Ainu Design Workshop

January 21 (Sat)
19:00 -
Fee: 2000 yen (including cost of materials)
Instructors: Atsushi Hirata, Koji Yuki
Inquiries: 090-6540-2555 (Hirata)

Venue for Exhibition & Workshop:
Coffee & Gallery Runan
1-9-6 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0035
Tel: 03-3724-1785


January 18-24, 2012: Inspired by Sakhalin Ainu Designs -Yoshiro Yamazaki & Ainu Friends- @ Gallery MOZART

Another exhibit of Ainu and Ainu-related art Gallery MOZART (past info here) will be held from January 18 through 24.


Sakhalin Ainu Designs
-Yoshiro Yamazaki & Ainu Friends-

Date: January 18 (Wed) - 24 (Tue)
Time: 11:00 - 19:00 (17:00 on final day)
Venue: Gallery MOZART
YK Bldg 1F, 1-6-14 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

The world of animism of the Sakhalin Ainu-
The Sakhalin Ainu lived a life rooted in the surroundings,
and developed a unique culture 
while interacting and trading with surrounding peoples.
Yoshiro Yamazaki has brought this world of the Sakhalin Ainu into expression.


February 11, 2012: Riwkakant Planetarium Concert

If you enjoyed the video from Kapiw & Apappo's concert on January 15, don't miss the opportunity to see Emi Toko (aka Kapiw) perform as part of the unit Riwkakant on February 11 at the Tsukuba Expo Center Planetarium. The concert is a special event as part of the ongoing "Stars of the Ainu" Planetarium Show, which features the music of Riwkakant.

Although the date of the event is February 11, the Planetarium is starting to accept reservations from January 17, and seating is limited!

Please contact AINU PRIDE PRODUCTIONS if you need assistance in making reservations.


Riwkakant Planetarium Concert

Date: February 11
Time: 18:30 - 20:00

18:00 OPEN (please gather in front of the planetarium)
18:30 START
Planetarium Original Program "Stars of the Ainu" (40 min)
Riwkakant Concert (45 min)
20:00 END / CD signing

Admission: 500 yen (both children & adults)
*separate admission will be charged for entry prior to normal closing hours

Mai Kikukawa @ Tsukuba Expo Center
Tel: 029-858-1100  Fax: 029-858-1107
Email: planeconcert@expocenter.or.jp

Reserve online here (in Japanese only):

Web (in Japanese only):


January 15, 2012

January 15, 2012: Kapiw & Apappo ~Kaze no Oto~ in Tokyo

TONIGHT - the second act of Kapiw & Apappo (first live info here) titled ~Kaze no Oto~ (Sound of Wind) will be held in Tokyo. Unfortunately, it is a packed house and no more seats available... make sure to catch them next time (and I will make sure to let you know well in advance next time)!

(Interestingly enough, the venue is the same as the very first location where the Ainu restaurant Rera Cise used to be)

The live performance was apparently streamed live on ustream - the archive is available for viewing here!


~Kaze no Oto~

Kapiw & Apappo (Emi Toko + Fukiko Goukon)
featuring Kan Horiuchi

Date: January 15, 2012
Time: 18:00 OPEN / 18:30 START
Fee: 2300 (w/ 1 drink)

YK Building B1F, 2-1-19 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 162-0051
TEL/FAX 03-5272-7385



January 5, 2012

January 14 & 15, 2012: Ainu Design Exhibition

The Kanto Utari Association, one of the four Ainu associations in the Tokyo area, will be holding an exhibition of their works of Ainu traditional designs.


Ainu Design Exhibition

Date & Time:
January 14 (Sat)  13:00 – 20:00
January 15 (Sun)  10:00 – 20:00

Ouji Hokutopia B1F Exhibit Hall B

*5 minute walk from Ouji Station

Admission: Free

080-3471-0953 Maruko
090-6472-0586 Yahata
090-9389-6491 Kitahara

Organized by:
Kanto Utari Association