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Kazuko Arai

Winner of the 8th Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Individual)

Kazuko Arai

She learned spiritual culture from her father the late Genjiro Arai, an ekasi who made outstanding achievements for the development of Ainu culture, and the pride as an Ainu child from her mother the late Michi Arai huci.
Throughout her 35-year-long career as an elementary school teacher, she actively taught Ainu children that they should be proud of their heritage.
In 1990, she donated all materials that she had collected to Hokumon Junior High School in Asahikawa, thus contributing to the foundation of the Local Data Room.
Through literary and lecture activities, she has been promoting the understanding, dissemination and the raising of awareness of Ainu culture among citizens.


Date of birth: January 14, 1927 (currently 77 years old)
Resident of Asahikawa City, Hokkaido

1947 Joins Chikabumi Elementary School in Asahikawa as a teacher
1955 Presents research results at the Joint Education & Research Convention
1972 Presents research results at the Joint Education & Research Convention
1973 Presents research results at the Joint Education & Research Convention
1974 Presents research results at the National Education & Research Conference
1989 Wins the Sugimura Commemorative Scholarship Foundation Award
1990 Establishes the Local Data Room in Hokumon Junior High School in Asahikawa
1991 Inaugurated as a Councilor of the Ainu Intangible Culture Transmission and Preservation Society (up to the present)
1993 Wins the Asahikawa Cultural Merit Medal
Publishes "Aserazu, Kujikezu and Mayowazu (Never feel pressed, become downcast or waver) --Ipokas-ekatci's Adolescnce with Hardships"

 

* She has also delivered numerous lectures and conducted writing activities.