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AINU Cultural Center (Sapporo Pirka Kotan)

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Small but nice

It's only a small museum or exhibition centre. It has space for cultural exchange and education... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2018
Sydney, Australia
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Indigenous acknowledgement

I think having an indigenous cultural centre acts as an opportunity for reconciliation and... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2016
Steve H
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3 Jun 2018
“Small but nice”
10 Jul 2018
“Great introduction to the Ainu!”
History tells us that the Ainu were the only indigenous people in Japan; this center is part of an effort to preserve the lost culture.
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27 Koganeyu, Minami-ku, Sapporo 061-2274, Hokkaido
+81 11-596-5961
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

There are touchable reconstructions of virtually every artefact associated with Ainu cultures on display -which is great, and adds to the undersatnding of biodegradeable products- from traps to bows and arrows- this emphasises the ingenuity of ainu hunter-gatherers. In addtion there is a great learning...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

It's only a small museum or exhibition centre. It has space for cultural exchange and education experiences with a compact display of hand made articles used by the traditional people of Hokkaido. The outdoor has a few small remade houses and structures to see. Not...More

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Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

I think having an indigenous cultural centre acts as an opportunity for reconciliation and acknowledgment of the past. The centre is rather interesting inside, as you wonder at the thinking behind the artifacts and outside, with the replicas of the fishing boat and the housing...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 18 February 2014

We really valued the chance to learn about the Ainu, particularly since information about them is so well hidden in mainstream Japan... I've lived in Japan for over 10yrs and know very little about them. The trip out there is long and tedious. Best to...More

5  Thank beroccstar
Reviewed 17 November 2009

Visited this site last summer, and I'm glad I did. From a historical point of view, I enjoyed learning something the Japanese have been hiding for generations. It saddened me, of course, to learn of yet another suppressed group of people, but I am glad...More

3  Thank treerod1
Reviewed 23 January 2008

While staying in Sapporo, I became interested in learning more about the Ainu. After taking the 60 minute bus ride to the Hokkaido Ainu Center, I was a little disappointed. Perhaps it would be better when there is not a lot of snow on the...More

3  Thank lucycat
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