The Ainu believe that kamuy (the word for god in the Ainu language) reside in animals and plants as well as water, fire, and the wind. They also believe that each of these living beings and elements are a kamuy (god). A notable example of this is the Hokkaido wolf, which is known by the Ainu as the protecting god (Horkew Kamuy). This special kamuy taught the Ainu how to hunt and sometimes helps the Ainu. From the Meiji era, however, the Hokkaido wolf started to dwindle in number and they were eventually wiped out. This lost god, Horkew Kamuy, is brought to life on stage in the Akan forest with digital imagery. The world of kamuy, who have been feared and revered for generations by the Ainu, is brought to life in Akan.