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Mitsuishi Minzoku Bunka Hozonkai (Mitsuishi Folk Culture Preservation Society)

Winner of the 4th Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Organization)

"Best Organization Preserving Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties"

Mitsuishi Minzoku Bunka Hozonkai
(Mitsuishi Folk Culture Preservation Society)

The Society started out as the Mitsuishi Branch of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido in 1946, carrying out surveys and research on traditional dancing and collecting materials. In 1986, it was refounded as the "Mitsuishi Minzoku Bunka Hozonkai" (Mitsuishi Folk Culture Preservation Society).They are working hard to preserve and transmit the traditional dancing of the Mitsuishi area actively. In recent years, they have been frequently asked to perform outside of Hokkaido. Thus introducing the traditional Ainu culture widely, the Society has contributed greatly to the nation's understanding of Ainu culture. In addition, the School not only works on dancing and singing, but also on restoring and producing clothing and daily utensils.

 

 

Inauguration:April 1986
Representative:Chieko Murabe
Location:Mitsuishi-cho, Mitsuishi-gun, Hokkaido

 

1962 Participates in the recording of Ainu music unique to the Mitsuishi area, recorded by the NHK Sapporo Broadcasting Branch.
1993 Performs at the Ainu Culture Festival.
1994 Designated as the nation's Best Organization Preserving Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties.
1995 Receives the Mitsuishi-cho Cultural Promotion Award.Holds public performances of traditional dancing in various districts in the Mitsuishi area. Performs at the Ainu Culture Festival.
1996 Performs at the International Folk Performing Art Festival.
1998 Performs at the Ainu Culture Festival.

 

The Society has performed at various other opportunities as well.