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Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

The word "Ainu" means "human" in the Ainu language. Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum was established in order to preserve Ainu culture that has been rooted in this area; to hand it down to future generations; and to be the source of a new cultural tradition.

"Inheritance of traditional Ainu culture in modern times" is the principle on which this museum is based.

Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

The main theme is to inherited and develops of Ainu culture. This exhibition is divide three zones as "Ainu (Human being)", "Kamui (Gods)", "Moshiri (the blessings of nature)". Weaving, carving, singing, dancing, hunting, praying and funeral, you can see living of Ainu in the blessings of nature.



Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

Tuki-pasuy ; a special type of libation wand

The family mark is carved on it. This libation wand is regard as messenger from humans to the Gods and it accompanies the offering of Sake to the God and speaks the message from the human.



Hours : 09:00-16:30
Open : Every day from Jan.16 to Dec.15,
Closed from Dec.16 to Jan.15

Admission Fees : Adults 400 yen,
Students (Primary/Junior High School) 150 yen

Address : Nibutani, Biratori-cho, Saru-gun, Hokkaido
Phone : 01457-2-2892



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Kayano Shigeru Ainu Museum

There is another private museum in Nibutani. You can reach there few minutes ride by car from Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum. This museum exhibited ethnologist Mr. Kayano's collections. He had presented his main collections to Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum.

Kayano Ainu Museum

There is a bear's head display on the roof

The Ainu is the indigenous people of Hokkaido. The great numbers of genes of the Jomon people were passed on to the Ainu. They have developed a diverse culture including a variety of oral literature "Yukara" in their own language. Ainu patern and other folk crafts, as well as traditional rituals such as those to send the sprits of brown bears to heaven. This bears festival is called "Iomante" in Ainu language. -quote from guide of FRPAC -

FRPAC : The Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture
URL : http://www.frac.or.jp



Sign of Museum

Sign of Museum
Exhibition Room

Exhibition room

You will notice unique sign beside the museum. This sign said "You paid 100,000 yen (about 800 US$) to come here. Admission fee is 400 yen (about 3 US$). Why don't to enter !!!!"



Hours : 09:00-16:30
Closed : Everyday from April to November
(Please contact 2−2164, from December to March)

Admission Fees : Adults 400 yen,
Students (Primary/Junior High School) 150 yen

Address : Nibutani, Biratori-cho, Saru-gun, Hokkaido
Phone : 01457-2-3215



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Sokodai observatory

Sokodai

Can you see two small lakes ?

Akan National Park is located eastern part of Hokkaido, encompassing beautiful lakes such as Lake Akan, Lake Masyu and Lake Kussharo. You can see two small lakes - Penketo and Panketo - in wild forests from here. These lakes are said to "brothers of Lake Akan".


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