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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(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(4/1-10/31)

    • Cultural Exchange Hall

    "Sinot: Ainu Songs, Dancing and Stories"
    Enjoy a range of traditional songs, dances and musical performances through a production that incorporates projection technology and footage of Hokkaido's beautiful landscapes.

    "Inomi: Ainu Prayer, Songs and Dancing"
    Enjoy a range of traditional songs and dances in a story-based performance centered on the traditional iyomante ritual. This program aims to connect the traditions of the past to the future.

    • Video

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

    • 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

    • Kiroroan: Upopoy at Night

    Outdoors Projection & Mapping Show “kamuy symphonia”(4/29-10/31)

    • 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 Performance(4/1-10/31)

    • 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.

    • Life

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

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

    Experience Ainu culture through upaskuma (passing down of wisdom) covering life in a kotan (traditional Ainu village) and songs and dances that have been passed down through the generations.

    • Performing Arts

    Mukkuri-making Workshop "mukkuri a=kar ro"(4/1-10/31)

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Performing Arts

    Oral Literature Performance "newsar=an ro"(4/1-10/31)

    • 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"(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 a children’s bingo game unique to Upopoy. Everyone who participates receives a special gift!

    • Language

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

    • 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"(4/1-10/31)

    • 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"(4/1-10/31)

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Outdoor

    Walk among the trees that surround the kotan (traditional Ainu village) as you find out about how Ainu people use plants in their clothing, food, housing and rituals, along with stories about the trees.

    • Life

    Plants in Ainu Life "Kotan Tree Tour"《reservation required》(4/1-10/31)

    • Throughout Upopoy

    Take a tour of the top plant-spotting areas in Upopoy and see ten types of plant in peak season. Listen to stories about these plants and discover how Ainu people use plants in their clothing, food, housing and rituals.

    • Crafts

    Embroidery Workshop "ikarkar=an ro"(4/1-10/31)

    • Crafts Studio

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

    • 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.

    • Life

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

    • Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village)
    • -Outdoor

    Aksinot is a simulation of hunting using a kind of bow and arrow. These arrows are blunt, so they’re a fun and safe way for people of all ages to learn archery.

    • Life

    Dugout Canoe Demonstration and Talk(May-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.

    • Crafts

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

    • Crafts Studio

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

    • 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.

    • Video

    Dome Screen Experience “kamuy eyes”(4/1-10/31)

    • 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.

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