March 1, 2012

March 3 & 4, 2012: Anesar Sineupsoro -Ainu Songs & Traditions with Saki Toyama & Family-

A special event this coming weekend in Sapporo with Saki Toyama, a prominent huci (female elder) from Anecha, Urakawa, in Hokkaido together with her family representing a total of four generations that have carried on Ainu traditions. Saki Toyama is grandmother to Emi Toko and Fukiko Goukon (aka kapiw & apappo), who will also be participating in this event.

In particular, there is a special discount for foreigners to encourage them to have a chance to learn about Hokkaido's indigenous culture and history. 

Don't miss this unique opportunity!

Anesar Sineupsoro
~2 days of Learning Ainu Songs and Handiwork with Saki Toyama & Family~

The Toyama family has passed down Ainu traditions over many generations within the environment and community of Anecha, Urakawa. Saki Toyama, together with her daughters Keiko Kyuno, Midori Toko, Etsuko Hori, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been invited to Sapporo to take part in an special opportunity to learn Ainu songs and handiwork.

Saki Toyama Profile:
Born in 1928, living in Anecha, Urakawa-cho, Hokaido. From a young age, she has learned upopo (singing), rimse (dancing), and handiwork form her daily life surrounded by many huci. She is active in preserving Ainu culture as well as participating in exchanges with indigenous people around the world. She is an expert in various handiwork and crafts, such as making emus-at (sword strap), woven bags, attus (tree-bark clothing), salmon skin crafts, woven mats, etc.

The first day will be a live performance with traditional upopo (singing) mainly from the Urakawa region. The second day will be a workshop where you can listen to the stories of Saki Toyama and her family and experience the Ainu traditions that were passed down through generations from hand to hand, mouth to mouth. 
(Anesar Sineupsoro : Anecha, one bosom)

Day 1: Upopo (Ainu singing) Performance
Traditional Ainu songs from the Urakawa region from Saki and her daughters as well as Ainu songs from Akan by her granddaughters Emi and Fukiko. We will also learn ukouk (singing in rounds) and all sing together.

Date: March 3, 2012 (Sat)
Time: 17:30 OPEN / 18:00 START
Admission: 2,500 yen (includes 1 drink; discount of 1000 yen for middle schoolers and below, discount of 500 yen for foreigners)
Capacity: 30 

Day 2: Talk & Handiwork Workshop
Making coasters with Ainu embroidery, making coasters with traditional weaving, making straps using elm bark. Toyama family members will provide instruction.

Date: March 4, 2012 (Sun)
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Admission: 1,500 yen (includes cost of materials; discount of 500 yen for middle schoolers and below & foreigners)
Capacity: 50 (*Please reserve and inform us which workshop you would like to participate in)

Venue: Fair Trade Shop & Restaurant Mintaru (Kita-ku, Sapporo)
Reservations & Contact: Yanagi, tel: 090-2050-3139 / email: 
(On weekdays, please only call after 19:00)

Organized by: Anesar Sineupsoro Executive Committee
Co-Organized by: Sapporo Free School "Yu"

*Request for Donations:
We have invited Saki Toyama and family to Sapporo suddenly for this event, and thus have not applied for any grants for support. In order to encourage as many participants as possible, we have set the admission price fairly low. Since the family will be coming not only from Urakawa but also Akan, Tokyo, and Chiba, the transportation costs are quite high.

Thus we are making a call for donations for shares of 1000 yen (multiple shares welcome). We request that you send an email to with your name and address (we will send you a cost report) and make donations to the following account:
Account Number: Japan Post Bank 19070-38392631
Account Name: Hori Taeko

Anesar Sineupsoro
Executive Committee members: Kiyokazu Koshida, Kohei Hanazaki, Yukio Yamaguchi, Masahiro Koizumi, Hisako Nanao, Eriko Yanagi)


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