Profile of FRPAC

Minoru Kawakami

Winner of the 6th Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Individual)

Minoru Kawakami

Minoru Kawakami has been engaging in wood carving since 1943 in efforts to transmit and develop expertise in Ainu crafts. In addition, after being commissioned to serve as a technical instructor in woodworking by the government and other public agencies, he has been instructing students for many years, producing excellent results in the creation of more jobs in the local Ainu woodworking industry. Ainu crafts created by him that are exhibited in museums in Hokkaido and other parts of Japan, as well as his technical instruction in woodworking, are highly valued. Kawakami also dedicates himself to the instruction and transmission of Ainu ceremonies and rituals. His activities in various fields have substantially contributed to the promotion of Ainu culture.



Date of birth: August 15, 1928 (currently 74 years old)
Resident of Asahikawa, Hokkaido


1975 Receives Contribution to Hokkaido Industries Award (from the Governor of Hokkaido)
1976 Assumes Chairmanship of the Asahikawa Ainu Council
1983 Assumes Directorship of the Ainu Intangible Culture Transmission and Preservation Society
1989 Assumes the post of Supervisor at the Ainu Association of Hokkaido
1996 Assumes Directorship of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido


* Minoru Kawakami has participated in a number of ceremonies and rituals.
* He also has cooperated with many surveys and investigations.