Indigenous Ainu Folk Dancing

Indigenous Ainu culture features many folk dances with movements modeled after nature, animals, and plants. These dances include votive dances that follow ceremonies, entertaining dances for parties, and more. In addition, many Ainu performing arts are closely connected to daily life and the natural world, including Ukouku (singing in rounds), which starts off following ceremonies, and songs expressing Kamuy (divine beings). “Aynurutomte” means“to illuminate the way.”


Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation 35th Anniversary Project Organizers|Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation / Toshima City /
Tokyo Festival Executive Committee[Toshima City /
Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation / Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee /
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre / Arts Council Tokyo) ]
Support|Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in fiscal 2020/
Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities

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