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Urakawa Utari Bunka Hozonkai (Urakawa Utari Culture Preservation Society)

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

"Best Organization Preserving Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties"

Urakawa Utari Bunka Hozonkai
(Urakawa Utari Culture Preservation Society)

The Society was first established in 1960 as "Anecha Mingeihin Kenkyukai" (Anecha Folkcraft Research Society) to transmit, preserve and develop the traditional Ainu culture of the region, which was later renamed as the "Urakawa Utari Bunka Hozonkai" (Urakawa Utari Culture Preservation Society) after reorganizing and expanding its structure. It puts much effort into transmitting and preserving a wide variety of traditional Ainu culture such as the traditional Ainu dancing.Since its establishment, the Society has participated enthusiastically in various opportunities to present its work at art festivals in Urakawa-cho, other places in Hokkaido, or even outside Hokkaido. Hosting Ainu cultural seminars and classes in the local area, the Society offers opportunities to get to understand the Ainu people and its culture deeply and correctly. Accordingly, it is working to give enlightenment on and help with diffusion of Ainu culture.

 

 

Inauguration:March 1960
Representative:Takeo Mukai
Location:Urakawa-cho, Urakawa-gun, Hokkaido

 

1983 Participates in the Mobile Art Festival "the 25th Hokkaido/Tohoku Block Folk Performing Art Festival" hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
Receives Urakawa-cho Cultural Promotion Award.
1984 Designated as the nation's Best Organization Preserving Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties.
1985 Participates in the "Commemorative Ceremony of the 40th Anniversary of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido."
1988 Participates in the "Food Festival."
1991 Participates in the Mobile Art Festival "the Chugoku/Shikoku Block Folk Performing Art Festival" hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
1999 Participates in the opening ceremony of the "Sekai Petu Gakko (World Petu School)."
2000 Participates in "Nihon no Matsuri (Festivals of Japan) in Asahikawa 2000."

 

The society has also held many other public performances.