Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dance

  • Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dance

Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Danceat Lake Akan Ainu Theater <Ikor>

Nationally Designated Important Intangible Folk Culture Asset Registered UNESCO World Intangible Heritage
People have always danced and sung, whether for ceremonies, when family and friends gathered, or just during their daily work and lives. The ancient ceremonial dance of the Ainu expresses happiness and sadness, and is performed not merely for our own pleasure but to show respect and gratitude to the kamuy (gods and spirits) and our ancestors.

  • Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dance
  • Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dance

The dances of the Ainu were born of living in respect of coexistence with nature, and represents subjects like brown bears and birds, hunting and play. The variety of dances is truly spectacular. They include large group ring dances, small group dances to offer prayers to the spirits, dances to show gratitude for successful fishing and harvests, dances to drive away evil spirits, and dances which show styles of work. Depending on the area of Hokkaido, the songs and dances may have their own traditional styles and names like Rimse, Upopo, Horippa and more.
Performance at Lake Akan Ainu Theater <Ikor>.
The mysterious sound of mukkuri fills the hall, as singing and calls from the dancers entwine with rhythmic claps and knee-slaps guide the dancers and creates a truly unique atmosphere.
Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dance has been designated a national important intangible folk culture asset and registered as UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage.

  • Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dance
  • Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dance

We perform some of those dances chosen from eastern Hokkaido's traditions at Lake Akan Ainu Theater <Ikor>. A particularly representative ancient ceremonial dance is the Sarorun Rimse (Crane Dance), mimicking the movement of a crane.

Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dance

  • Open:
    All Year Round
  • Admission:
    Adults (Middle School and Older) \1080 Elementary School Children \600
    Groups (15 or more):Adults (Middle School and Older) \980 Elementary School Children \600
    High School Group (30 or more): ¥780 Elementary School Children \400
  • Time Needed:
    30 Minutes
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2019 Performance Schedule: Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dances, Iomante Fire Festival, and Lost Kamuy

Available 11:00~
11:30
13:30~
14:00
15:00~
15:40
16:30~
17:00
20:15~
20:45
20:45~
21:15
21:15~
21:55
Until March 17 - - - - - Ancient
Ceremonial
Dance
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3/18 - - - - - No Performance -
3/19~4/20 - - - - Ancient
Ceremonial
Dance
- Lost Kamuy
4/21~4/30 - - - - Fire Festival - Lost Kamuy
5/1~6/30 Ancient
Ceremonial
Dance
Ancient
Ceremonial
Dance
Weekends and Holidays Only
Lost Kamuy
Ancient
Ceremonial
Dance
Fire Festival - Lost Kamuy
7/1~10/31 Ancient
Ceremonial
Dance
Ancient
Ceremonial
Dance
Lost Kamuy Ancient
Ceremonial
Dance
Fire Festival - Lost Kamuy
11/1~11/30 - - - - Fire Festival - Lost Kamuy
12/1~1/31 - - - - Ancient
Ceremonial
Dance
- Lost Kamuy
During the 2020 "Fuyu Hanabi" Ice Festival - - - - - Lost Kamuy -
* This page will be regularly updated to advise of any performance cancellations.

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Lake Akan Ainu Theater <Ikor>
7-84, Akankoonsen 4-chome, Akancho, Kushiro City, Hokkaido
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