“Stars of the Ainu” is currently featured at Tsukuba Expo Center Planetarium and is an introduction into Ainu constellations. The show features music from Riwkakant (Emi Toko of Kapiw & Apappo fame).
This is a rare and unique opportunity to learn about a lesser known aspect of Ainu culture, so don’t miss it!
*Note: The Planetarium is (in principle) closed on Mondays, the last Tuesday of the month, and end of the year holidays. Please check with the Planetarium (or AINU PRIDE PRODUCTIONS if you require assistance) to confirm dates.
“Stars of the Ainu”
December 3, 2011 (Sat) – February 26, 2012 (Sun)
Weekdays – 12:50, 14:10
Sat. Sun. Holidays (Dec/Jan) – 10:10, 12:50
Sat. Sun. Holidays (Feb) – 12:50, 15:30
There are many constellations passed down by various peoples throughout the world. In Japan too, there is a people that have their own unique constellations - the Ainu of Hokkaido. The Ainu believed that everything had a kamuy, a spirit - and we will introduce you to the world of the stars of the Ainu people, who lived in harmony with nature.
With cooperation from:
Shiraoi Poroto Kotan (The
), Akanko Ainu Kotan (Akan Ainu Industrial Arts Assocation), Kushiro City Museum, Seika Corporation, Yukie Sueoka, Megumi Yamauchi (AstroNinjaProject) Ainu Museum
“The Constellations Seen by Aynutari” (Tomio Sueoka, 2009)
Website (in Japanese):
Tsukuba Expo Center2-9 Azuma, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture