Cultural Experience Programs

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Cultural Experience Programs

Some activities may be temporarily discontinued or subject to alteration depending on the weather and season or as part of our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    • Museum Program

    Exhibits(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • National Ainu Museum

    The exhibits in the permanent exhibition room explore six core themes from an Ainu perspective: Language, Universe, Lives, History, Work, and Exchange. The special exhibition room hosts exhibitions covering a wide range of topics, including Ainu culture and the culture of other indigenous peoples.

    • Museum Program

    Theater Programs “Ainu History and Culture”(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • National Ainu Museum

    In this film, animals closely associated with Ainu culture look back on the time when humans first settled the Japanese archipelago and explain the history and culture of the Ainu people. It's easy to understand for children and adults alike.

    • Museum Program

    Theater Programs “Ainu Crafts Gain Worldwide Attention”(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • National Ainu Museum

    Today, museums in Europe and the United States house some 10,000 Ainu artifacts. This film features Ainu collections displayed at museums in Russia, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, and highlights present-day relations between Ainu and researchers in various countries.

    • Performing Arts

    Traditional Performing Arts "Sinot: Ainu Songs, Dancing and Stories"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Cultural Exchange Hall

    Enjoy a range of traditional songs, dances and musical performances through a production that incorporates projection technology and footage of Hokkaido's beautiful landscapes.

    • Video

    Screening of Short Films “kamuy yukar”(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Cultural Exchange Hall

    Enjoy two short films based on Ainu legends, with dynamic projection that makes use of the floor too.
    ①The Boy Who Brought Down a kamuy 
    ②The Solar Deity Caught by Evil Fox

    • Performing Arts

    Musical Performance(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Workshop

    Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the mukkuri (a kind of mouth harp) and tonkori zither.

    • Performing Arts

    Mukkuri-making Workshop "mukkuri a=kar ro"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Workshop

    Try carving a mukkuri, a kind of mouth harp, with a chisel, then learn how to play it. *In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you cannot put the mukkuri to your mouth during the workshop.

    • Performing Arts

    Musical Workshop "Tonkori for Beginners"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Workshop

    Discover the sound of the tonkori zither and learn the basics of how to play. Even first-timers can try their hand at playing a melody.

    • Cuisine

    Cooking Workshop "Poroto Kitchen" 《reservation required》(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Workshop

    Cook and eat an Ainu dish made with seasonal ingredients. With friendly staff on hand, even kitchen novices and children can get in on the fun.

    • Cuisine

    Cooking Workshop (Snack) "Ponto Kitchen"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Workshop

    Learn more about Ainu food culture and daily life through this short cooking workshop.

    • Video

    Dome Screen Experience “kamuy eyes”(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Workshop
    • -Annex

    The Ainu people have a close connection to animals and view them as kamuy (spirit-deities). See how kamuy view the world in a projection on a semicircular dome. With a panoramic view, you’ll feel as if you’re running wild amid Hokkaido’s abundant nature yourself.

    • Crafts

    Watch Ainu Crafts(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Crafts Studio

    See demonstrations and exhibitions of all kinds of traditional Ainu crafts. The craftspeople will tell you about their crafts while they work.

    • Crafts

    Embroidery Workshop "ikarkar=an ro"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Crafts Studio

    Select from a range of items and try embroidering an Ainu pattern.

    • Crafts

    Woodcarving Workshop "inuye=an ro"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Crafts Studio

    Carve an Ainu pattern into your very own wooden smartphone stand or coaster.

    • Life

    Cultural Program "upaskuma"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Poro cise (Big House)

    Step into the traditional living space of a cise (Ainu house) and learn about life in a kotan (traditional Ainu village) and the performing arts passed down from generation to generation.

    • Performing Arts

    Oral Literature Performance "newsar=an ro"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Poro cise (Big House)

    Gather around the hearth to enjoy tales and lyrical songs from the everyday lives of Ainu people in the past.

    • Children's Program

    Family Program "Pon Theater"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Sinot cise (Activity House)

    Discover the relationship between the Ainu and the kamuy (spirit-deities) and learn about Ainu lives past and present through a paper theater show.

    • Language

    Ainu Language Program "pirka! BINGO a=ki ro"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Sinot cise (Activity House)

    Discover some of the basics of Ainu language through a children’s bingo game unique to Upopoy. Everyone who participates receives a special gift!

    • Language

    Ainu Language Program "aynuitak ari a=ye ro"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Sinot cise (Activity House)

    Learn everyday phrases in Ainu, along with the proper pronunciation. You'll even receive a free gift!

    • Performing Arts

    Musical Workshop "Mukkuri for Beginners"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Pon cise (Small House)

    Discover the sound of the mukkuri, a kind of mouth harp, and learn how to play it yourself. *In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you cannot put the mukkuri to your mouth during the workshop.

    • Life

    Plants in Ainu Life "cikuni oruspe"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Pon cise (Small House)

    Learn Ainu stories about plants and how they are used in their clothing, food, housing, and rituals. When the weather and other conditions are good, you might be able to look at the trees outside, and during the snow season you can see a kuca (hunting hut).

    • Life

    Archery Experience "aksinot"(Nov.1ーMar.31)

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Outdoor

    Try a traditional Ainu game that uses a bow and arrow. These arrows are blunt, so they’re a fun and safe way for people of all ages to learn archery.

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