I was able to briefly visit the "The Beauty of Tradition & Creation -2011 Ainu Folk Art Exhibit-" that took place last month in the Tokyo Tower gallery (apologies for not posting pictures sooner).
The display space was a bit strange, being an open space directly connected with shops and food areas. The art was also exhibited in a more museum-like manner rather than as pieces of art.
The upside was that there were several artists present demonstrating their craft and providing a chance for visitors to experience the creation of Ainu folk art themselves.
|Ainu garments on display|
|Close-up of tray by Nobuo Yoshida|
|Iri-makiri (skinning knife) by Tahachi Urakawa|
|Matanpus headband by Machiko Kato|
(More photos from the exhibit are available in our Facebook photo album.)