November 18, 2011

November 19 & 20, 2011: The Ainu Museum Fair in Osaka

The Ainu Museum in Shiraoi, Hokkaido will be holding a fair in Osaka, including workshops, performances, and exhibits. This will be a opportunity for those in western Japan to get a taste of the Ainu Museum experience without having to go all the way to Hokkaido.

The main event will be on Sunday November 20, with a smaller pre-event on the evening of the 19th. Details are as follows:


The Ainu Museum Fair in Osaka

Date: November 20 (Sunday)
Time: 12:00 – 15:30

Venue: Osaka Central Town Hall (Chuo Kokaido), Assembly Room
1-1-27 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka


Part 1 – 13:00-13:30
Mukkur Workshop
(All participants will receive a mukkur (mouth harp))
Capacity: 200 people (reservations accepted)

Part 2 – 13:40-15:30
Seminar: "From the Kotan Along the Lake –Welcome to the World of the Ainu–"
Speaker: Masahiro Nomura (Ainu Museum, Head Curator)
(All participants will receive one noya (mugwort) manju)
Capacity: 700 people


Performance: Ainu prayer, song, dance
Capacity: 700 people
Kamuynomi (prayer to the spirits), iohayocis (impromptu song), iyomante rimse (bear-sending dance), mukkur (mouth harp), saroruncikap rimse (crane dance), etc.

12:00-15:30 (at the entrance hall)
Ainu Culture Exhibit "Ainu Clothing"

Contact: The Ainu Museum
TEL: 0144-82-39148:45-17:00

Download the Flyer (in Japanese):



"Interacting with Ainu Culture! Sing and Dance Together, Enjoy the Taste of Autumn!"

Date: November 19 (Saturday)
Time: 19:30-21:30 (OPEN 19:00)

Venue: Standard Bookstore Shinsaibashi BF Café
Crysta Grand Building
2-2-12 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL 06-6484-2239

Price: 700 yen

Part 1:
"Stories from Ikuo Maruyama Ekasi"
Hear stories from Maruyama Ekasi (elder) on Ainu culture while viewing slides.

"Ainu Clothing "
Explore Ainu clothing with the creative director and press representative from BEAMS in comparison with modern fashion.

Part 2
"Mukkur Performance & Workshop"
"Prayer and Dance (Tonkori Performance)"
Participants will receive a mukkur, and will be treated to both a performance and workshop on the instrument. Participants may also partake in the dancing at the end.

Food will be served in Part 1 of the program. The menu includes cep ohaw (salmon and vegetable soup) made with salmon flown directly from Shiraoi, Hokkaido. Peneimo (potato dumpling) and kabocha sito (squash dumpling), together with ento herb tea will also be servered.

Reservations are required.
Please call, visit the store, or email
according to the instructions on the following link (in Japanese only):

Details also available here (in Japanese only):


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