Apologies for not updating for a while, unfortunately I missed posting on some major events before they happened - but here's a quick round-up of some of the events that took place at the end of January in this post (events for the beginning of February will be in a separate post).
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A major event was the launch of the Ainu Party of Japan (website here) that took place on January 21 in Sapporo (video in Japanese):
The Party is led by Shiro Kayano, son of the late Shigeru Kayano, the only Ainu representative to the Japanese Diet so far. The ceremony was attended by leaders in the Ainu community including Shizue Ukaji and Yuji Shimizu, as well as a delegation from the Maori Party of Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Read articles regarding the event here:
Another event that took place on January 21 was the Ainu Forum Hokkaido 2012 in Shiraoi. The event featured speakers, an Ainu puppet play, and presentations by students from the Urespa Project at Sapporo University (a scholarship & educational program that AINU PRIDE PRODUCTIONS supports).
Finally, Ainu Art Project had a live musical performance at an art event on January 27 in Sapporo to celebrate "The Start of 2012 the Year of the Dragon."