January 30, 2013

Ainu Museum Fair in Hiroshima & Hidezo Yamada Exhibition in Abashiri

More events for the weekend – a special opportunity to experience Ainu culture in Hiroshima and insight into Ainu place names through the eyes of researcher Hidezo Yamada with exhibits and events at the Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples.


The Ainu Museum Fair in Hiroshima

Date: February 3 (Sun), 2013
Time: 13:00 – 15:30

Venue: Hiroshima Citizen’s Cultural Center
1-5-3 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Admission: Free
Capacity: 530 people


Part 1 – 13:30-13:50
Mukkur Workshop
(All participants will receive a mukkur (mouth harp))

Part 2 – 14:00-15:30
“Welcome to the World of the Ainu”
Speaker: Tomoe Nakano (Ainu Museum Curator)


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.

13:00-15:30 (at the entrance hall)
Ainu Culture Exhibit "Ainu Clothing"

Contact: The Ainu Museum
TEL: 0144-82-39148:45-17:00
E-mail: museum@ainu-museum.or.jp

Download the Flyer (in Japanese):

The Ainu Museum Fair in Shareo

Featuring Ainu language quiz, traditional mukkur and dance performances, etc.

Date: February 2 (Sat), 2013
Time: 13:20-15:50

Venue: Center Concourse
Kamiyacho Shareo Underground Plaza
Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima


"A Journey of Ainu Place Names –From the Research of Hidezo Yamada–"
2013 in Abashiri/Okhotsk

Dates: February 2 (Sat) – April 7 (Sun), 9:30-16:30

(Closed Mondays except in February)

Venue: Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
309-1 Shiomi, Abashiri, Hokkaido 093-0042
Tel: 0152-45-3888

Admission: Free

Download the Flyer (in Japanese):


February 2 (Sat)  13:30-15:00
Seminar: Exhibition Guide
Instructor: Hokkaido Ainu Culture Research Center Employee

Feb 9 (Saturday)  13:30-15:30
Speech: "Ainu Culture and ‘The Environment’”
Instructor: Prof. Yuko Honda (Sapporo University)

Feb 16 (Saturday)  13:30-15:30
Speech: "Hidezo Yamada and Research of Ainu Place Names”
Instructor: Seichi Ito (Hokkaido Ainu Culture Research Center)

Organized by:
Hokkaido Ainu Culture Research Center


January 28, 2013

Ainu Speech Contest & Ainu Art at Hokkaido MOMA: February 2, 2013 +

Two exciting events in Sapporo this Saturday – first the 16th Annual Ainu Speech Contest showcasing the efforts of Ainu speakers to revive the language, and the start of the contemporary Ainu arts and crafts exhibition at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art!


16th Annual Ainu Speech Contest
-Itak an ro! Let’s speak Ainu!-
Date & Time:
February 2, 2013 (Saturday)

Hokkaido University
Clark Kaikan Building Lecture Hall
Kita 8, Nishi 5, Kita 8-jo, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
(*No parking available)

*7 minutes on foot from JR Sapporo Station
From the north exit, walk towards Yodobashi Camera.
Go north on Nishi 5 Tarukawa-dori.
On your left after entering Hokkaido University main gate.

Website (in Japanese only):

Organized by:
Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture

Co-Organized by:
Hokkaido University Ainu Indigenous People Research Center

Supported by:
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Hokkaido Prefecture, Hokkaido Board of Education, Sapporo City, Sapporo Board of Education, Hokkaido Ainu Association


-Storytellers of the Wind-

The exhibition of traditional and modern Ainu Art that took place in Matsusaka, Mie will now be on display in Sapporo. Special events are also planned throughout the exhibition period.

Venue: Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
Kita 1, Nishi 17,Chuo-ku,Sapporo
TEL: 011-644-6881

Dates: February 2 (Sat) – March 24 (Sun), 2013
*Closed every Monday (or the next day if holiday)
Times: 9:30 to 17:00 (no admittance after 16:30)

General - 800 yen (600 yen)
High School & University Students - 400 yen (300 yen)
Elementary & Middle School Students - 200 yen (100 yen)
*Discounted rates are for groups, advanced sales, and repeat visitors

Ainu Operettas
Several stories of Ainu youth and animals performed by students from the Hokkaido University of Education
Date: February 9 (Sat)
Time: 15:00 – 16:00
Venue: 1st Floor Hall
Admission: Free

Ainu Music Concert, Tonkori & Upopo
Live performance by OKI and Marewrew
Date: February 23 (Sat)
Time: 16:00 – 17:00
Venue: 1st Floor Hall
Admission: Free

Ainu Music Workshop
Experience the tonkori and mukkuri, traditional Ainu instruments
Date: March 23 (Sat)
Times: 10:00 – 11:00 & 13:00 – 14:00
Venue: Workshop Room
Reservations required (up to 20 people for each workshop), please call 011-644-6991 after March 1st between 9:00 and 17:00, Tuesday through Sunday
Participation is Free

Artist Talks
Artists who are also a part of the Smithsonian “AINU Spirit of a Northern People” exhibit will discuss their works
Artist: Takeki Fujito
Date: February 2 (Sat)
Time: 11:00 – 11:40
Venue: Special Exhibition Room

Artist: Noriko Kawamura
Date: March 2 (Sat)
Time: 11:00 – 11:40
Venue: Special Exhibition Room

Gallery Talks
Experts in Ainu culture will discuss the exhibition
Speaker: Masahiro Nomoto (Director of the Ainu Museum)
Date: February 2 (Sat)
Time: 14:00 – 14:40
Venue: Special Exhibition Room

Artist: Koji Yuki (Leader of the Ainu Art Project)
Date: March 2 (Sat)
Time: 14:00 – 14:40
Venue: Special Exhibition Room

Guide to the Exhibition
The curator of the museum will explain the works on display
Guide: Satomi Igarashi
Date: February 23 (Sat) and March 23 (Sat)
Time: 14:00 – 14:40
Venue: Exhibition Room

Organized by:
Hokkaido Shimbun, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

Support from:
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Hokkaido Prefecture, Hokkaido Board of Education, Hokkaido Ainu Association


January 26, 2013

Ainu Treasures in Hawaii: January 20 - May 5, 2013

A rare and exciting opportunity to experience Ainu culture in the US started earlier this week at the East-West Center in Hawaii.

“Ainu Treasures: A Living Tradition in Northern Japan” runs from January 20 to May 5 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and Noon-4:00 p.m. on Sundays) and includes several events featuring a myriad of Ainu artists and lecturers in addition to the ongoing exhibition at the East-West Center Gallery (1601 East-West Road Honolulu, Hawaii). I have listed some of the events below, but check out the East-West Center website for full details and updates. Be sure to also download the excellent handout they have put together introducing the different aspects of Ainu culture and the voices of the people involved in carrying on these traditions.



Related Events:

Sunday, January 20, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Exhibition Gala Opening including reception, invocation ceremony and art demonstration

Sunday, February 3, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk “Ainu 101: Japan’s Indigenous People”
Vincent Mitsuharu Okada, UH doctoral candidate in social welfare

Sunday, February 17, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Illustrated hands-on presentation
“Ainu: Teaching Young Learners the Importance of Preserving Culture and Language”
Terrina Wong and Naomi Hirano-Omizo

Sunday, March 3, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Performance Demonstration by Oki and Marewrew quartet, renowned Ainu musicians.

March 1-3
Ainu artists will performat the Hawai‘i Convention Center and in Waikiki, as part of Honolulu Festival.  

Sunday, March 10, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk “From ku=kor ikor (my treasures) to an=kor ikor (our treasures):
New Perspectives and Challenges in Ainu Art”
Nanako Iwasa, M.Ed. and doctoral student
Hokkaido University Graduate School of Education

Sunday, April 14, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk “An Illegal Dam Still Stands: The Nibutani Dam and Nibutani Village”
UH Law Professor Mark Levin discusses environmental action by Ainu villagers

Sunday, May 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk “Handprints of Our Ancestors: Curating an Exhibition about Ainu Traditions and Continuity”
Guest curator Koji Yamasaki, Associate Professor Hokkaido University Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies, discusses his work with the Ainu community.


January 24, 2013

Ainu Events January 25, 26 & 27 in Tokyo, Tokushima, Sapporo!

Ainu-related events in Tokyo, Tokushima, and Sapporo this weekend (and onward), check them out!


Seminar on Ainu Culture Education in Schools
–Promoting Understanding of Ainu Culture to Students–

A seminar for elementary, middle, and high school teachers to help them incorporate Ainu culture education into their curriculum.

Date: January 25, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 17:00 – 20:30
Admission: Free
Venue: Tokyo Ainu Culture Center
3F Urban Square Yaesu, 2-4-13 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
TEL 03-3245-9831

Lecture: Kazushi Abe, Vice-Chairman of Hokkaido Ainu Association
Report 1: Hiroshi Sasaki, Teacher at Tsuishikari Elementary School, Ebetsu City
Report 2: Koji Yuki, Ainu Culture Advisor
Discussion: Facilitated by Prof. Michiaki Okada, Tomakomai Komazawa University

Capacity is limited to 100 persons. Please apply online at http://www.frpac.or.jp

Organized by the Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture

Supported by Kanagawa Board of Education, Saitama Board of Education, Chiba Board of Education, Tokyo Board of Education, Hokkaido Prefecture, Hokkaido Ainu Association


Special Exhibition
Ryuzo Torii and the Ainu –Looking to the North–

Special Exhibit on the works of Ryuzo Torii, who studied the Kurile Ainu from 1899. The exhibition will include the results of his findings as well as feature information on the Ainu today. The exhibit will be ongoing, while gallery talks, a commemorative speech, and workshops are scheduled for certain dates.

Date: January 26 (Sat) to March 3 (Sun), 2013
Time: 9:30 - 17:00
*Closed Mondays except February 11 (holiday). Closed February 12.

Venue: Ryuzo Torii Memorial Museum, Exhibition Room
Mukoterayama, Hachimancho, Tokushima City

Admission: Free

Gallery Talks:
January 26 (Sun) 13:30-14:30 with Prof. Reiko Saito of National Museum of Ethnology
February 3 (Sun) 13:30-14:30 with Museum Curators
February 23 (Sat) 13:30-15:00 with Prof. Takahito Hirose of Utsunomiya University

Commemorative Speech:
February 17 (Sun) 13:30-15:00, Museum Event Hall
Prof. Shiro Sasaki of National Museum of Ethnology

Workshop 1 “Home Made Camera”
February 11 (Mon), 10:00-11:30, 13:30-15:00
Capacity: 20 people per workshop
Reception: 2nd Floor (first come first serve)

Workshop 2 “Experiencing Ainu Cuisine”
February 24 (Sun), 10:00-12:00
Capacity: 30 (registration required)
Venue: Workshop Room
Instructor: Hiromi Takao (Head of MarbleWorkshop)

Workshop 3 “Experiencing Ainu Designs”
February 24 (Sun), 13:00-14:00
Capacity: 30 (registration required)
Venue: Workshop Room
Instructor: Hiromi Takao (Head of MarbleWorkshop)

*Those interested in joining workshops 2 and 3 must send to the museum a return-postage postcard with the desired workshop, participant names, age/year, address, and telephone by February 14 (Thu). A lottery will be drawn in case of over-capacity.

Organized by Ryuzo Torii Memorial Museum Power Up Projects Committee


Ainu Forum Hokkaido 2013

Date: January 27, 2013 (Sun)
Time: OPEN 12:30 / START 13:30 / END 16:00
Venue: Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo, 2F Eminence Hall
(2-1 North5 West7,Chuou-ku,Sapporo,Hokkaido)
Admission: Free

13:30 – 13:40  Opening Ceremony
13:40 – 14:40  Yamabiko-za & Koguma-za Ainu Puppet Theater
14:40 – 14:50  Intermission
14:50 – 15:20  Report on Ainu Cultural Promotion Activities
*Promoting Ainu Culture through Cooperation
Yoshitaka Ono, Manager, CS Department of AEON Hokkaido
*Activities of the Urespa Project
Prof. Yuko Honda, Vice President of Sapporo University
15:20 – 15:50  Ainu Culture Stage
*"Night of Poroto Kotan" by The Ainu Museum
15:50 – 16:00 Closing Ceremony

Exhibition Corner:
Panel Display -
*Together with the Ainu –History and Culture–
*Urespa Student Activities
Live Crafts by Shigeru Araki and Hatsue Miyata

Organized by Hokkaido Prefecture
Supported by Hokkaido Justice Department, Hokkaido Human Rights Committee
and numerous corporate sponsors (full list in Japanese available here)

Flyer (PDF): Front Back