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Sapporo Upopo Hozonki (Sapporo Upopo Preservation Society)

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

"Best Organization Preserving Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties"

Sapporo Upopo Hozonki
(Sapporo Upopo Preservation Society)

Established with the purpose of "transmitting and preserving accurately Ainu culture passed on from the ancestors," the Society transmits and preserves traditional Ainu dancing unique to Sapporo by carrying out surveys and research on the upopo-rimse of the Ishikari area and learning the upopo-rimse unique to the Ishikari Basin from Izawa Koyaefuchi. It has been working hard on transmitting and preserving Ainu culture such as the traditional dancing; the Society has been active in disseminating tangible and intangible folk cultural properties by performing traditional Ainu dancing and rituals at various cultural events held within and outside Hokkaido. It has contributed immensely in particular to the revival of Ashiricheppnomi held at the Toyohira River, for which the Society has been highly evaluated.

 

 

Inauguration:December 1979
Representative:Harumitsu Sawai
Location:Sapporo, Hokkaido

 

1979 Learns Upopo-rimse from Koyae Izawa.
1992 Performs in Korea.
1994 Participates in the commemorative event, "International 10th Year of Aboriginal Peoples of the World." (Has participated yearly since)Designated as the nation's "Best Organization Preserving Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties."
1995 Holds cultural exchanges with the Kanaka Maori People of Hawaii, and performs there.
1996 Holds cultural exchanges with the Karen People of Thailand, and performs there.
1997 Holds cultural exchanges with the Orang Asli and Iban People of Malaysia, and performs there.
1998 Performs at Fukuoka Human Rights Week and in Kasuga, Fukuoka Prefecture.
1999 Performs at the "Global Citizens Art Festival in Kitakyushu."

 

The Society has held many other public performances as well.