Profile of FRPAC

Mitsuko Akibe

Winner of the 9th Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Individual)

Mitsuko Akibe

Since end of World War Ⅱ, she has studied traditional Ainu songs, dancing and the Mukkuri, a traditional Ainu musical instrument.
Since 1952, she has participated in performances in various places in Japan, along with the late Tasuke Yamamoto and others, with the aim of introducing the Ainu culture.
She has long been engaged in Ainu curtural transmission and preservation activities, laying the foundation of the present Kushiro Rimse Preservation Society of Harutori Ainu Old-Style Dancing. As a leading member of the Society since its inception, she has also conducted a wide range of activities.
While remaining active as an executive of the Society, she teaches younger generations and thus contributes greatly to the transmission, preservation, dissemination as well as awareness raising of the Ainu culture in the Kushiro region.



Date of birth: April 24,1934(currently 71 years old)
Resident of Kushiro City, Hokkaido

1967 Joins the Kushiro Rimse Preservation Society of Harutori Ainu Old-Style Dancing
1975 Assumes the post of the Vice President, Kushiro Rimse Preservation Society of Harutori Ainu Old-Style Dancing
1989 Assumes the post of the Director, Kushiro Rimse Preservation Society of Harutori Ainu Old-Style Dancing
1999 Provides upopo (dance) instruction at the Kushiro Rimse Preservation Society of Harutori Ainu Old-Style Dancing (to the present)

 

* She has also participated in numerous other events, festivals, etc.