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Ainu and Ryukyu: Life of the Ainu People

"Ainu and Ryukyu: Life of the Ainu People"

Honkan Room 16  October 30, 2018 (Tue) - January 20, 2019 (Sun)

  
Tray, Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Transferred from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition)

The Ainu people, who lived in the harsh environment of Hokkaido and its islands, revered nature and the gods, living their lives in harmony with their natural surroundings. This exhibition features everyday items that shed light on the daily lives of the Ainu. These include hunting and fishing tools that Ainu men used, weaving tools and woven items, such as clothing and bags, used by Ainu women, as well as wooden tableware.

Current exhibit includes:
Mat, Sakhalin Ainu, 19th century
Necklace, Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Knife and Mounting, Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Ritual Hoe-shaped Crest, Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Oda Katsukichi and Mr. Izumi Rintaro)
Coat Known as "What We Sewed Up", Hokkaido Ainu (Abuta), Formerly used by Chief Ikashi Wakka, Edo period-Meiji era, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)