Profile of FRPAC

Haruzo Urakawa

Winner of the 9th Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Individual)

Haruzo Urakawa

He was born in Urakawa Town, Hokkaido, and learned the Ainu culture, including hunting, from his father from his early childhood. In 1975, he joined the Urakawa Branch of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido. He moved to Tokyo at the age of 42 and in 1989 was inaugurated as the Chairman of the Kanto Utari Association, thereby interacting with the Ainu in Hokkaido and the Kanto region and indigenous peoples abroad.
In 1996, he established the Tokyo Ainu Association and became Chairman of the Association. He reconstructed cise, the Ainu house, in Otsuki City, Yamanashi Prefecture, and has revived traditional rituals.
He is currently building Kamuy Mintara (Playground of the Gods), a forum for Ainu cultural exchanges, in Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture, and contributes greatly to dissemination, transmission and preservation activities of the Ainu culture in the Tokyo metropolitan area.


Date of birth: November 30, 1938 (currently 66 years old)
Resident of Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture

1975 Joins the Urakawa Branch of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido
1989 Assumes the post of the Chairman of the Kanto Utari Association
1995 Assumes the post of the President of the Society for Supportinng Shigeru Kayano in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area
1996 Reconstructs poro cise in Otuki City, Yamanashi Prefecture Establishes the Tokyo Ainu Association and assumes the post of the Chairman of the Association
1997 Reconstructed poro cise in Akiruno City, Tokyo
2000 Invites and exchanges with indigenous peoples from North America
2002 Publishes“Ainu-no Haruzo”
2005 Kamuy Mintara under construction in Kimitsu City, Chiba Prefecture

 

*He has also cooperated with many surveys and investigations.