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Shigeo Toyokawa

Winner of the 2nd Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Individual)

Shigeo Toyokawa

Shigeo Toyokawa has been active in the reproduction of traditional Ainu wood carving for many years. Some of his works are displayed at the University of British Colombia (Canada) and the National Museum of Ethnology. Simultaneously with his creative activities and exhibitions of his own works, Toyokawa is also making efforts to train successors. Toyokawa has contributed greatly to the transmission and preservation of Ainu culture by reviving and serving as a priest of the asir cep nomi (ritual to welcome new salmon) in the Toyohira River in Sapporo for the first time in 100 years and other activities.



Date of birth: February 5, 1931
Current address: Sapporo, Hokkaido


1957 Begins wood carving under the guidance of the late Isao Araki.
1971 Participates in the establishment of the Ishikari Branch of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido.
1979 Conducts a memorial service for people who sacrificed themselves for their people at Tsuishikari Cemetery in Ebetsu.
1983 Revives Ashiricheppunomi at the Toyohira River in Sapporo and serves as a priest.
1984 Establishes Sapporo Ainu Cultural Society and becomes the chairman.
1991 Cooperates in making a documentary film "People Transmitting Ainu Culture -- Racchako , asir cep and siriki " produced by Association for The Transmission and Maintenance of Ainu Intangible Culture .


* Has served as a priest for many other traditional rituals.