Akanko Ainu Kotan
- Akanko Ainu Kotan
What is the Akanko Ainu Kotan?
The Lake Akan Ainu Kotan is an Ainu kotan (settlement) inhabited by about 120 people in 36 residences. As a point of production and sale of traditional crafts which are among Hokkaido's best-known souvenirs, the Ainu Kotan has been delighting visitors for many years. In particular, master artisans create intricate wood carvings of bears, birds, humans, and the like, which are highly sought around the world as original Ainu art. Another important heritage passed down from our ancestors is the traditional Ainu dance, which is Hokkaido's only designated important intangible cultural heritage of Japan. As an initiative to create new cultural assets, the Ainu Kotan has dramatized renowned 'yukar' oral epic sagas, which have been presented to great acclaim throughout Japan and around the globe at venues including the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Map of Akanko Ainu Kotan
Lake Akan Ainu Theater <Ikor>
At the Lake Akan Ainu Theater <Ikor>, we offer powerful traditional performances like ancient ceremonial dances, puppet shows done by Kotan residents, and the Iomante Fire Festival.
Ainu Living Memorial Hall Poncise
"Poncise" means "small house" in the Ainu language. The Ainu Living Memorial Hall recreates a traditional Ainu poncise, a home for 4-5 people.
Traditional Craft Shops and Restaurants
They abound with woodcraft, accessories, decorations, mukkuri and more, including original works from world-famous woodcarvers, and beautiful Ainu patterned embroidery.