November 18, 2011

Oct. 6 - Dec. 6, 2011: Special Exhibit "Ainu Life Kuriles, Sakhalin, Hokkaido"

As mentioned previously, the exhibit that was on display at the Historical Museum of Hokkaido from August through September is currently at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka through December 6.

The museum has put together a lot of associated events with this exhibit (unfortunately many which have already ended). The next event will be tomorrow November 19, a seminar titled “Ainu Customs Appearing in Paintings” by Toshikazu Sasaki of Hokkaido University. Additionally, admission is free tomorrow and the day after. Details of the seminar and other related events are below:


Special Exhibit
“Ainu Life  Kuriles, Sakhalin, Hokkaido
Centered Around the German Collection–

Dates: October 6 (Thu) – December 6 (Tue), 10:00-17:00
(Entry allowed until 16:30. Closed 11/24 and every Wednesday except 11/23)

10-1 Senri Expo Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511, Japan
TEL: (06) 6876-2151

Admission Fee:
Free on November 3 (Thu), November 19 (Sat), and November 20 (Sun)

General – 420 yen (350 yen)
High School/University Students – 250 yen (200 yen)
Elementary/Middle School Students – 110 yen (90 yen)
Prices in parentheses are for groups of 20 people and over, university students attending for a class, high school students for a class report, repeat visitors (within 3 months), and seniors 65 and above.
* For those entering through the Natural and Cultural Gardens (Shizen-Bunka-En), buy an admission ticket for the museum at one of the park entrances, so admission to the park will not be charged.
* Admission is free for disabled visitors and an accompanying person.
* Admission is free for elementary through high school students every Saturday (however, please note entrance free will be charged if passing through the Natural and Cultural Gardens).

National Museum of Ethnology
Foundation for the Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture

Homepage (in Japanese):


<Only events from November 19 onward are listed below>

November 19 (Saturday)  13:30-15:00
*MINPAU Seminar: “Ainu Customs Appearing in Paintings”
Instructor: Professor Toshikazu Sasaki (Hokkaido University)

Venue: Main Building Lecture Hall
Capacity: 450 people
Admission free, reservations not required

November 20 (Sunday)
11:00-12:00, 13:00 –, and 15:00 – (three sessions)
*MMP (MINPAKU Museum Partners) Workshop:
“Cutting Paper to Create Ainu Designs”

Venue: Main Building #3 Seminar Room
For elementary school students (3rd grade and below must be accompanied by guardian)
Capacity: 10 people per session (first come first serve on day of)
Admission free

November 23 (Wed), November 26 (Sat), December 3 (Sat)
Gallery Talk
MINPAKU instructors will conduct explanations of the exhibit at the exhibit venue.

November 23 (Wed), November 26 (Sat), December 3 (Sat)
Ainu Storytelling by Fukita Sunflower Association, 14:00 –

Special Menu at the MINPAKU Restaurant
with traditional Ainu ohaw (stew).

Ohaw Set  1400 yen
(yuk ohaw: deer stew, kabocha rataskep: boiled squash, boiled korkoni: boiled butterbur, amam: millet rice)


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