Traditional Ainu Dance

  • Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dance

Traditional Ainu Dance

Depending on the region in Hokkaido, traditional Ainu dances vary greatly in terms of the dances themselves and their accompanying songs. Even the same song or dance will have a different rhythm or choreography depending on the performer.
To help people more deeply understand these traditional dances (which have been passed down over innumerable generations), at the Lake Akan Ainu Theater , traditional dance is performed by Ainu who take an inau as their motif. An inau is a wooden ritual tool that the kamuy (gods) taught the Ainu how to make.

An Inau itself is a kamuy. It is held aloft as an offering when a kamuy has appeared in an area. And it is also a gift that Ainu send to the kamuy world.
An Inau’s most important roles are to connect Ainu and kamuy and to be an intermediary to assist communication between Ainu and kamuy. People tend to not be so good at conveying their true feelings. And to make up for that shortcoming, the Ainu use inau, songs, dances, and prayers.

  • アイヌ古式舞踊 《阿寒湖アイヌシアター イコロにて上演》
  • アイヌ古式舞踊 《阿寒湖アイヌシアター イコロにて上演》
  • アイヌ古式舞踊 《阿寒湖アイヌシアター イコロにて上演》
  • アイヌ古式舞踊 《阿寒湖アイヌシアター イコロにて上演》
  • アイヌ古式舞踊 《阿寒湖アイヌシアター イコロにて上演》
  • アイヌ古式舞踊 《阿寒湖アイヌシアター イコロにて上演》
  • アイヌ古式舞踊 《阿寒湖アイヌシアター イコロにて上演》
  • アイヌ古式舞踊 《阿寒湖アイヌシアター イコロにて上演》

Many kamuy exist in this world in which we all live. The kamuy that are most cherished by the Ainu of Lake Akan are those that represent the most familiar of things: fire, water, earth, wind, and the sun. This performance of songs, dances, and prayers orbits around these five kamuy and inau.

Traditional Ainu Dance

  • Admission:
    Adults (Middle School and Older) \ ¥1500 Elementary School Children \ ¥700
  • Time Needed:
    30 Minutes
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2021 Performance Schedule: Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dances, Akan Yukar “The Epic Story of the Fire God”, and Lost Kamuy

Available 11:00〜
11:30
13:30〜
14:00
15:00〜
15:30
16:30〜
17:00
20:00〜
20:30
21:00〜
21:30
Until March 20 2021 - - - - - Lost Kamuy
3/21~4/28 - - - - Ancient Ceremonial Dance Lost Kamuy
4/29~5/31 Sundays and holidays only
Ancient Ceremonial Dance
Ancient Ceremonial Dance Lost Kamuy The Epic Story of the Fire God Ancient Ceremonial Dance Lost Kamuy
6/1~9/30 Ancient Ceremonial Dance Ancient Ceremonial Dance Lost Kamuy The Epic Story of the Fire God Ancient Ceremonial Dance Lost Kamuy
10/1~10/31 Ancient Ceremonial Dance Ancient Ceremonial Dance Lost Kamuy Ancient Ceremonial Dance The Epic Story of the Fire God Lost Kamuy
11/1~11/30 - - Weekends and Holidays Only
Lost Kamuy
- The Epic Story of the Fire God Lost Kamuy
12/1~3/19 - - Weekends and Holidays Only
Lost Kamuy
- Ancient Ceremonial Dance Lost Kamuy

Access

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