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AINU Cultural Center (Sapporo Pirka Kotan)

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Address: 27 Koganeyu, Minami-ku, Sapporo 061-2274 , Hokkaido
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Phone Number: +81 11-596-5961
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History tells us that the Ainu were the only indigenous people in Japan;...

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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Indigenous acknowledgement

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 June 2016
Steve H
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 of the time. An opportunity for reflection and stimulus for thinking of the past and... More 

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Kamakura, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 combine it with a trip to one of the nearby onsens but go to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 and more Japanese are recognizing the errors of their way. The site is a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 ground (there are many outside features to enjoy), but there was not a lot to... More 

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