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Yosaburo Nemoto

Winner of the 6th Ainu Cultural Award (Individual)

Yosaburo Nemoto

Yosaburo Nemoto plays an active role both as a traditionalist in the Ainu language and Ainu culture passed down to the Shiranuka area and as a key regionalleader. He is also recognized as a leader in the passing down of the Ainu traditional culture of hunting and fishing, and in particular, hunting using amappo (cross-bow traps) and fishing using marek (hooks), to present generations. In addition, he is actively engaged in the dissemination of Ainu culture by cooperating with various investigations and surveys conducted by the Hokkaido Board of Education and other groups.Moreover, as a leader of the Ainu, he is striving to train successors for the transmission of Ainu culture in the area, and is working on writing a compilation of his experiences as an Ainu and creating a photo album, which should greatly contribute to the promotion of Ainu culture.

 

 

Date of birth: December 29, 1918 (currently 84 years old)
Resident of Shiranuka-cho, Shiranuka-gun, Hokkaido

 

1931 Starts bear hunting using amappo, a traditional Ainu hunting tool
1948 Holds the last iomante (ritual of sending back a bear's spirit) in the Shiranuka area
1992 Cooperates with the Ainu ethnic surveys conducted by the Hokkaido Board of Education
1992 Ainu Folk Cultural Properties Survey Report"
1993 Ainu Folk Cultural Properties Survey Report"
1996 Ainu Folk Cultural Properties Survey Report"
1999 Receives Shiranuka-cho Merit Medal (Shiranuka-cho)

 

* Yosaburo Nemoto has participated in Ainu traditional hunting and fishing.
* He has also cooperated with many other surveys and investigations.