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Shigeru Kayano

Winner of the 7th Ainu Cultural Award (Individual)

Shigeru Kayano

Starting in 1952, Shigeru Kayano devoted himself to the collection and recording of folktales and articles used daily by the Ainu, leading to the 1972 foundation of the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum. In 1983, he established Hokkaido's first language school using his own resources. He has since been striving to hand down and disseminate the Ainu language. In the meantime, he served as a member of Biratori Town Assembly for five terms and later contributed to the enactment of the "New Ainu Law" as a member of the House of Counselors.
In 1996, he published the "Shigeru Kayano's Ainu Language Dictionary," a comprehensive survey of the Ainu language used in the Saru River basin. In 2001, he obtained his Ph. D. in Philosophy with a thesis entitled "Research on Kamiokuri, or Sending off of the Gods among the Ainu (Mainly in the Saru River Basin)." He also served as an instructor at the Nibutani Ainu Language School and wrote numerous books concerning Ainu culture, contributing greatly to its promotion.

Date of birth:June 15, 1926 (currently 77 years old)
Resident of Biratori Town, Saru-gun, Hokkaido

1965 Wins the award for people who contributed to the promotion of cultural properties in Hokkaido
1975 Wins the 23rd Kan Kikuchi Award
Elected to the Biratori Town Assembly
1978 Wins the Hokkaido Cultural Promotion Award
1989 Wins the 23rd Eiji Yoshikawa Award
1992 Assumes the post of the Director, Shigeru Kayano Nibutani Ainu Museum
1994 Elected to the House of Counselors
1997 Wins the award of folk culture commemorating Yuzo Yamamoto
2000 Wins the award for persons who have rendered distinguished services in Hokkaido


* He has engaged in numerous research activities and cooperated in surveys.