Cultural Exchange Hall

Watch demonstrations of traditional Ainu performing arts. In addition to traditional Ainu dance, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage, there are musical performances of mukkuri (a kind of mouth harp) and tonkori zither.

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    • Video

    Indoor Films: Kamuy Yukar

    • Cultural Exchange Hall

    Enjoy two short films based on Ainu legends, with dynamic projection that makes use of the floor too.

    • 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
    Find out about the worldview of the Ainu and their relationship with the kamuy (spirit-deities) through a story centered on the traditional iyomante ritual told through dancing and images. This creative program aims to connect the traditions of the past to the future.

    • 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.

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