Living on This Land with Nature and with Gods



The Ainu people cherish everything that affects their life, from nature to animals, as kamui (gods). Various rituals are performed to show their gratitude to the gods.

Traditional Ainu Dance

The traditional dance, which is designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property by the Japanese government and as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, is also passed down carefully to the Ainu people living in the Kushiro Area.

Ainu motifs

The unique motifs featured on the indigenous costumes that the Ainu people wear vary in type and have been believed to repel evil spirits.

Lake Akan Ainu Kotan

「"Kotan" means village in the Ainu language. The Ainu kotan by Lake Akan is one of the largest in Hokkaido. It is an extraordinary place where people can experience the traditional crafts and culture of the Ainu people as well as their way of life and thinking.