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  • Ainu Museum
    Ainu Museum
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    Lake Porotoko
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  • Ainu Museum
    Ainu Museum
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    by aukahkay Written May 25, 2008

    The Ainu are the native inhabitants of Hokkaido and there are a few museums in Hokkaido showing some of their lifestyle and goods. The Shiraoi Ainu Museum, also called Porotokotan, exhibits the Ainu culture and lifestyle in an outdoor reproduction of a small Ainu village and also various tools and other goods inside a museum. There are performances of traditional Ainu dances held at various times throughout the day. The exhibits include five thatched houses, a museum, a botanical garden and an animal barn. The museum is popularly known as Porotokotan, which means a large lakeside village.

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    by akikonomu Written Jul 15, 2004

    This is the Ainu village which has a good Ainu museum - showing the lifestyle and history of the Ainus (Hokkaido's indigenous natives) and Ainu buildings (which are mostly farmhouses).

    You can also experience a performance of the Ainu dances and music. I was entranced by a instrument performance, where the lady used an instrument that resembled a small catapult and produced twanging noises through her lips. The effect was as though some old Ainu man was chanting mysterious rites in the wild (very chilling).

    Ainu dance
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