Profile of FRPAC

Itsuko Hayashi

Winner of the 5th Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Individual)

Itsuko Hayashi

Itsuko Hayashi began transmission and preservation activities from around 1955 as an Ainu intangible culture traditionalist of songs and dances passed down to the Shiraoi area.She played a central role in the activities of the Shiraoi Minzoku Geino Hozonkai (Shiraoi Folk Performing Arts Preservation Society) from the establishment of the Society in 1970, and greatly contributed to the success of the traditional Ainu dance performances at the Japan Expo held in the same year. Since then she has taken part in many public performances at home and abroad, playing a central role in the activities of the Preservation Society and enthusiastically engaging in advising successors.Currently, transmission and preservation of traditional Ainu dancing passed down to the Shiraoi area are greatly attributed to her activities. Her achievements greatly contribute to the promotion of Ainu culture.

 

 

Date of birth:June 24, 1934 (67 years old)
Resident of Shiraoi-cho, Shiraoi-gun, Hokkaido

 

1970 Contributes to the establishment of the Shiraoi Folk Performing Arts Preservation Society.
Participates in public performance of "Japan's Festival" at the Japan Expo (Suita) hosted by the Preservation Society.
1972 Appears in "Performing Arts of Northern Countries" at the Sapporo Winter Olympics Performing Arts Events (Sapporo) hosted by the Preservation Society.
1985 Participates in public performance of "Japan's Festival" at the Tsukuba Expo (Tsukuba) hosted by the Preservation Society.
1988 Participates in public performance of "Northern Europe Public Performance" (Finland, Sweden) hosted by the Preservation Society.

 

* Itsuko Hayashi has participated in many other traditional Ainu dance performances.