- 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
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.
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
- Adults (Middle School and Older) \ ¥1500 Elementary School Children \ ¥700
- Time Needed:
- 30 Minutes
- How to Use
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2021 Performance Schedule: Ainu Ancient Ceremonial Dances, Akan Yukar “The Epic Story of the Fire God”, and Lost Kamuy
|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
|-||The Epic Story of the Fire God||Lost Kamuy|
|12/1～3/19||-||-||Weekends and Holidays Only
|-||Ancient Ceremonial Dance||Lost Kamuy|
- Lake Akan Ainu Theater <Ikor>
- 7-84, Akankoonsen 4-chome, Akancho, Kushiro City, Hokkaido