Cultural Experience Programs

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Cultural Experience Programs

Some activities may be altered or canceled due to the weather, season or other unavoidable circumstances.

    • Museum Program

    Exhibits (4/1-10/31)

    • 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” (4/1-10/31)

    • 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” (4/1-10/31)

    • 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" / "Imeru" (4/1-10/31)

    • Cultural Exchange Hall

    Enjoy a range of songs, dances, oral literature and musical performances from various rituals and daily life. *Each performance will feature either sinot or imeru.

    • Video

    Screening of Short Films "kamuy yukar" (4/1-10/31)

    • Cultural Exchange Hall

    Enjoy dynamic animations (films) based on Ainu legends.
    1. The Boy Who Brought Down ak amuy
    2.The Solar Deity Caught by Evil Fox

    • Performing Arts

    Musical Performance (4/1ー10/31)

    • 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 Workshop "Mukkuri for Beginners" (4/1-10/31)

    • Workshop

    Learn how to play mukkuri, a kind of mouth harp. The instructor will teach you how to hold the instrument and change the sound in three ways.

    • Performing Arts

    Musical Workshop "Tonkori for Beginners" (4/1-10/31)

    • 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.

    • Performing Arts

    Tonkori Zither Workshop(4/1-10/31)

    • Workshop

    Try playing the tonkori zither. Feel free to join in!

    • Cuisine

    Cooking Workshop "Poroto Kitchen"《reservation required》(4/1-10/31)

    • 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" (4/1-10/31)

    • Workshop

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

    • Crafts

    Watch Ainu Crafts (4/1-10/31)

    • 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" (4/1-10/31)

    • Crafts Studio

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

    • Crafts

    Woodcarving Workshop "inuye=an ro" (4/1-10/31)

    • Crafts Studio

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

    • Life

    Cultural Program "upaskuma" (4/1-10/31)

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

    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" (4/1-10/31)

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

    Experience the fascinating world of Ainu oral literature as you gather around the hearth to enjoy tales and lyrical songs from the everyday lives of Ainu people in the past.

    • Performing Arts

    Performing Arts Workshop "upopo a=ki ro" (4/1-10/31)

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

    Upopoy means "singing together in a large group." Let’s sing upopo, traditional Ainu songs, together!

    • Children's Program

    Family Program "Pon Theater" (4/1-10/31)

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

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

    • Language

    Ainu Language Program "pirka! BINGO a=ki ro" (4/1-10/31)

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

    Discover some of the basics of Ainu language through this bingo game unique to Upopoy. The winners get a special gift.

    • Language

    Ainu Language Program "aynuitak ari a=ye ro" (4/1-10/31)

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

    Learn everyday phrases in Ainu. You’ll even receive a free gift!

    • Life

    Dugout Canoe Demonstration and Talk (Held around May to September.)

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Beach Area

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

    • Life

    Archery Experience "aksinot" (4/1-10/31)

    • 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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