December 11, 2012

More Ainu Events in December! (December 18-24, 2012)

 Check out some more upcoming Ainu events this month!


Exhibition & Soup Storytelling
-Stories from the Northern Country-

An exhibition of art work by Yuki Koji from the Ainu Art Project will be on display from December 18 through 24. On December 23, Koji Yuki will be joined by Maika of Mukashi Omocha to share Ainu stories, with music accompaniment by Reniala (Yu + Suzuki Eiji).

Date: December 18 (Tue) – December 24 (Mon)

Soup Storytelling
Date: December 23 (Sun)
Time: 17:00 – 18:30
Admission: 2500 yen (includes 1 clam chowder)
Reserve by web form here (capacity 30 people)

B1F Takahashi Bldg., 114 Yaraicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5227-1781 

Web (in Japanese only):


Ainu Culture Public Seminar "Kiroroan"
"From the World of Woodcarving –A Vision of New Ainu Art– “

Learning woodcarving from his father Nuburi Toko, Mr. Toko has created many works that incorporate a new perspective into the traditions developed by his forebears. We will hear from Mr. Toko about his experiences and visions for the future as a woodcarving craftsman, one that hopes to spread both high-quality and easily accessible art of the Ainu people to a wider audience.

Date/Time: December 21 (Friday) 19:00-20:30
Venue: Tokyo Ainu Culture Center
(3F Urban Square Yaesu, 2-4-13 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)

Instructor: Shusei Toko (Ainu craftsman and Akan Ainu Industrial Arts Association board member)
Admission: Free (No reservations necessary)
Capacity: 40 people

* Kiroroan means "happy" or "fun" in the Ainu language, and is the title of the Ainu Culture Public Seminar series regularly held by the Tokyo Ainu Culture Center.


December 9, 2012

Aotearoa Ainu Mosir Exchange Program

Building on the various connections between members of the Maori community in Aotearoa New Zealand and Ainu community in Japan, the Aotearoa Ainu Mosir Exchange Program was established with the aim of sending several Ainu representatives to Aotearoa from January 20th to February 22nd, 2013 to learn from the experiences of the Maori people in restoring their indigenous rights. 


One of the participants in the exchange will be Naoko Tateshita, one of AINU PRIDE PRODUCTIONS' collaborating artists (see our blog post when Naoko joined us to speak at the College Women's Association of Japan Luncheon).


The program is currently running a campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds to make the planned exchange in January & February 2013 possible.  Please join AINU PRIDE PRODUCTIONS in supporting the Aotearoa Ainu Mosir Exchange Program, and make a donation today!!!

Aotearoa Ainu Mosir Exchange Program homepage:

Aotearoa Ainu Mosir Exchange Program Indiegogo page:

December 1, 2012

December 9 & 22, 2011: ToyToy Ainu Design Paper-Cutting Workshops

“Pure Ainu Artist” ToyToy will be holding Ainu design paper-cutting workshops both as part of his regular series (December 9) as well as a special arrangement (December 22) in Sapporo as a part of the Sapporo Style Passege 2012 event from December 18 through 23. Sapporo Style Passege 2012 includes various other products displays and workshops as well.


Ainu Design Paper-Cutting Workshop

Date: December 9 (Sunday)
Time: 15:00 – 17:30
Admission: 1500 yen (including cost of materials)

All necessary materials will be provided. However, if there are any particular materials you would like to use (pencil, eraser, scissors you are used to using, any origami or paper, etc.), please bring them with you.

Venue: Tanuki Koji Hall (Tanuki Koji 4-chome)
Promise Sapporo Customer Service Plaza 2F
Shimizu Bldg, Nishi 4-10, Minami 2-jo, Chuokku, Sapporo
TEL 011-231-8771

Reservations and Contact: ToyToy-Ya
Email:; TEL/FAX: 011-827-9436


Ainu Design Paper-Cutting Workshop
at Sapporo Style Passege 2012

Date: December 22 (Saturday)
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Admission: 2100 yen (including cost of materials)
Capacity: 8 people

Venue: Sapporo Style Passege 2012
Daimaru Fujii Central 7F Skyhall
2, Nichi 3-chome, Minami 1-jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo

Reservations and Contact: ToyToy-Ya
Email:; TEL/FAX: 011-827-9436

Home page for Sapporo Style Passege 2012 (in Japanese only):