*First broadcast on December 23, 2021. The Ainu are an indigenous people who live in and around northern Japan. Traditionally, they are hunter-gatherers who share a close relationship with the natural world. In the first of two episodes about the Ainu, we look at the National Ainu Museum. The facility opened in 2020 as a hub for the protection and promotion of Ainu traditions. Our guest is its Executive Director, Sasaki Shiro. He introduces several exhibits, and talks about the museum's goals.
Sasaki Shiro is the Executive Director of the National Ainu Museum
Traditional Ainu garments feature unique patterns, with distinctive embroidery
The museum is part of a wider complex, featuring workshops, performance spaces and more