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

    • 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”

    • 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”

    • 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.

    • Video

    Screening of Short Films “kamuy yukar”

    • 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

    Traditional Performing Arts

    • Cultural Exchange Hall

    Sinot: Ainu Songs, Dancing and Stories
    An introduction to a range of traditional songs, dances and musical performances. Discover the Ainu people's worldview and philosophy towards nature through a production that incorporates projection technology and footage of Hokkaido's beautiful landscapes.

    Inomi: Ainu Prayer, Songs and Dancing
    An introduction to a range of traditional songs and dances. Experience the worldview of the Ainu and their relationship with the kamuy (spirit-deities) through a story-based performance centered on the traditional iyomante ritual told through dancing and images. This program aims to connect the traditions of the past to the future.

    • Performing Arts

    Musical Performance

    • Workshop

    Two of the most iconic Ainu instruments are the mukkuri(a kind of mouth harp) and the tonkori zither. Hear a talk about these instruments, then listen to their beautiful melodies.

    • Performing Arts

    Musical Performance "Mukkuri for Beginners"

    • Workshop

    Discover the sound of the mukkuri, a kind of mouth harp, and learn how to play it yourself. The mukkuri can be taken home after the workshop.
    *In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the mukkuri cannot currently be played during the workshop.

    • Performing Arts

    Mukkuri-making Workshop "mukkuri a=kar ro"

    • Crafts Studio

    Try carving a mukkuri, a kind of mouth harp, with a chisel, then learn how to play it. The mukkuri can be taken home after the workshop. *In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the mukkuri cannot currently be played during the workshop.

    • Language

    Children's Program "Pon Theater"

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)

    Learn about the Ainu language, culture, daily life and legends from various areas through illustrations, skits and stories. This program will appeal to people of all ages.

    • Video

    Dome Screen Experience kamuy eyes

    • Workshop

    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.

    • Life

    Plants in Daily Life "Kotan Tree Tour"

    • Field

    Take in the nature in the park while listening to traditional stories and songs about the trees and learn about how the Ainu used different plants for clothing, cooking, housing and rituals.

    • Life

    Welcome Program ""uwerankarap"

    • Cikisani Square Stage

    You will be welcomed to Upopoy with a performance on an outdoor stage overlooking the beautiful Lake Poroto, featuring dancing, a musical performance and a talk about the best programs and features at Upopoy.

    • Crafts

    Watch Ainu Crafts

    • Crafts Studio

    This talk and video about okkay kar pe (men's crafts) and menoko kar pe (women's crafts) will show you how fascinating crafts can be.

    • Crafts

    Woodcarving Workshop "inuye=an ro"

    • Crafts Studio

    Hear a talk about Ainu woodcarving and try making a wooden smartphone stand with an Ainu pattern. The stand can be taken home after the workshop.

    • Crafts

    Embroidery Workshop "ikarkar=an ro"

    • Crafts Studio

    Hear a talk about Ainu embroidery and try embroidering a fabric coaster, a wrapping cloth bag or a wooden frame with an Ainu pattern. Embroidered items can be taken home after the workshop.

    • Performing Arts

    Oral Literature Performance "newsar=an ro "

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)

    Oral literature is an aspect of Ainu culture that has been passed down through the generations. Gather around the hearth inside a "cise (house) to enjoy tales and lyrical songs from the everyday lives of Ainu people in the past.

    • Life

    Explanation of the Ainu Culture and Way of Life: Stories of the Kotan

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)

    In this recreation of a traditional Ainu kotan (village), you’ll hear about the traditional cise (Ainu houses) in the Shiraoi area and other aspects of Ainu life, along with the Ainu people’s connection with kamuy (spirit-deities).

    • Life

    Explanation of the Ainu Culture and Way of Life “Lessons from TureppoN”

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)

    Upopoy's mascot, TureppoN, will teach you about Ainu culture and daily life, as well as the best places in Upopoy and how to get the most out of your visit.

    • Life

    See Inside a Cise

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)

    Take a look inside a cise (house), see demonstrations of occupational activities, and learn more about household traditions and the connection that people living in cise had with the kamuy (spirit-deities).

    • Kiroroan: Upopoy at Night

    Outdoor Projection & Mapping Show “Kamuy Symphonia”

    • Cultural Exchange Hall

    The creation myth told by the Ainu is brought to life in a dynamic projection mapping show. Enjoy a unique production that combines video, sound, shimmering objects and trees.

    • Performing Arts

    Musical Workshop "Tonkorii for Beginners"

    • Workshop

    Discover the sound of the tonkori, a stringed instrument, and learn the basics of how to play. Your instructor will tell you about the tonkori and teach you how to hold it properly.

    • Language

    Ainu Language Program pirka! BINGO a=ki ro

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)

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

    • Life

    Spring-bow Demonstration and Talk

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)

    In the past, the Ainu people hunted with implements such as bows and traps. As you watch this demonstration, you’ll learn about the structure of the tools, where they are used and how the methods are adapted for each animal.

    • Life

    Dugout Canoe Demonstration and Talk

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)

    See how Ainu people row a cip (dugout canoe) and learn about the role these boats played in traditional Ainu life.

    • Cuisine

    Cooking Workshop "Poroto Kitchen"

    • Workshop

    Learn about Ainu life and culinary culture by preparing and eating delicious traditional dishes made with seasonal ingredients.

    • Cuisine

    Cooking Workshop (Snack) "Ponto Kitchen"

    • Workshop

    In this program, you'll make and eat sito (dumplings). This is a great way to learn more about Ainu food culture and daily life.

    • Language

    Ainu Language Program "aynuitak ari a=yr ro"

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)

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

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