Profile of FRPAC

The Ainu Museum

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

"Best Organization Preserving Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties"

The Ainu Museum

The museum was established in September, 1976 to carry out comprehensive educational projects, such as the transmission, preservation, research and study of Ainu culture. In 1984, the Ainu Folk Museum was added to this facility to exhibit both tangible and intangible Ainu cultural assets and to perform academic research and study.
The museum houses about 800 Ainu folk craft materials and they are on permanent display. People can understand Ainu culture through them, and it is one of the museums which people can see Ainu old-style dancing regularly in Hokkaido.
In order to promote transmission and preservation of Ainu culture, traditional ceremonies are being carried out, including iomante (sending back the spirit of bears), iwakte (sending back the spirit of objects), cipsanke (a boat launching ceremony) and sinnurappa (a ceremony in memory of ancestors). It has contributed immensely to the dissemination, and transmission and preservation of both tangible and intangible Ainu culture.



Representative:Kazuyuki Yamamaru


1984 Establishes a sister museum relationship with Sapmi Folk Museum in Inari, Finland
1988 Performs the Ainu old-style dancing in Northern Europe (3 cities in Finland, 2 cities in Sweden)
1989 Performs Ainu old-style dancing at "Japanese Matsuri(festivals)" in Asian-Pacific Exposition
1994 Hold a special exhibition "Ainu Culture" at the Arctic Circle Center of University of Lapland
1995 Performs Ainu old-style dancing in U.K. (the British Museum, University of London, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge)
1996 Performs Ainu old-style dancing in Finland and Denmark
1999 Performs Ainu old-style dancing in Germany(2 cities)


The Society has performed at various other opportunities as well