Ishikari nabe marries this salmon with locally grown potatoes and various seasonal items in a kelp and miso broth, all cooked together in a boiling clay pot. Hokkaido Seafood Japan is synonymous with seafood, and it features on menus everywhere throughout the country. Yet, for the very freshest, most delicious and widest array, Hokkaido is considered the place to go. To try a little of everything, Muroran Yakitori Pig farming flourished in this region in the s, and many yakitori restaurants began putting Muroran yakitori on their menus.

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Tradition But Hokkaido has another attraction that many visitors overlook: the unique culture of the indigenous Ainu people, who have their own language, dances and clothing. Manga featuring Ainu themes have become popular in recent years, and with a new national museum and park set to open this April, interest in Ainu culture is growing. This article introduces Ainu culture, and outlines some of the less-known attractions of Hokkaido, off the usual tourist trail.

Things to know about the Ainu before visiting Hokkaido First of all, what exactly is Ainu culture? We asked Mr. They have a rich and unique culture that includes their own language, oral traditions such as yukar sagas, traditional dances listed by UNESCO in as part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, a type of jaws harp known as a mukkuri, and attoushi weaving.

This culture is a manifestation of the spirituality of the Ainu people, for whom happiness in life is achieved through harmonious coexistence with all things, including the natural world. Photo supplied by: Agency for Cultural Affairs One of the most distinctive elements of Ainu culture is the Iomante ceremony, in which brown bears or other wild animals was sacrificed, and their spirits sent off to the world of the gods.

It used to be one of the most important ceremonies in Ainu culture. The Iomante ceremony is one example of how a strong sense of thankfulness to the gods is at the heart of Ainu spirituality. Photo supplied by: Agency for Cultural Affairs But like many indigenous peoples around the world, the Ainu people once led a painful existence. Japanese government policies some years ago led to the gradual loss of the unique culture they had developed over many centuries.

Photo supplied by: Agency for Cultural Affairs Through manga and music, Ainu culture is attracting interest once more In recent years, the Japanese government has introduced measures to revive and promote this endangered culture. Today, the younger generation in particular show no discrimination or prejudice against Ainu culture and hold it in growing respect.

It is increasingly accessible, through manga and the work of musicians with Ainu roots. Golden Kamuy, the story of a young Japanese man and an Ainu girl set years ago, has sold more than 10 million copies, and has been published in translation throughout Europe. National center for Ainu history and culture opens in April This April sees the opening of a new national museum and park showcasing Ainu history and culture.

One area Upopoy focuses on in particular is giving visitors the opportunity to experience the wonders of Ainu culture. Upopoy showcases the language of the Ainu, their beliefs surrounding life and death, and their traditional arts, including music and dance. It includes a reconstruction of a traditional Ainu settlement or kotan.

Visitors can watch Ainu dances and ceremonies, try on Ainu folk costumes and have a go at playing traditional musical instruments. The museum presents exhibits and films that give an insight into the rich and varied culture of the Ainu that survives to this day.

As part of the Appreciating Ainu Culture Project, a relay exhibition is taking place around Japan and overseas, at major airports and railway stations etc. It offers information on Ainu culture in multiple languages, giving visitors an insight into the Ainu worldview before they come to Upopoy. Photo supplied by: Agency for Cultural Affairs Ainu culture is a focus of growing interest not only in Hokkaido but across Japan. Morishita just what makes it so fascinating.

Morishita: These days, interpersonal relationships are growing weaker, and behind the scenes of our mass production-mass consumption economy, based on a global division of labor, huge volumes of food and clothing are being thrown away before they ever reach the consumer.

I believe experiencing Ainu culture can be a catalyst to help us become aware of what our society is gradually losing — true wealth, and the really important things in life.

The Ainu people coexist in harmony with nature, with all living things. Getting to know their spirituality and culture can be an opportunity to take a very special journey into another Japanese culture, very different from the world of samurai and geisha.


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Se asa a la parrilla y se sirve sobre un lecho de arroz de Hokkaido. Un sencillo plato que resalta los sabores naturales de Hokkaido. Por su alto contenido en grasa, combina bien con arroz blanco y alcohol. Su nombre hace referencia a Genghis Khan, puesto que los japoneses estaban convencidos de que el cordero era el plato p Sopa de curri Curri en forma de una deliciosa sopa. Figuritas Bolta Las Bolta ningyo son figuritas fabricadas con tornillos, tuercas, arandelas y otros componentes en la ciudad de Muroran, importante centro de manufactura del hierro en Hokkaido. Este tipo de tejido natural, duradero y de gran porosidad, que se utiliza en kimonos regionales, ropa de trabajo y accesorios, viene a ser el Gore-Tex natural.


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With the opening of the Hokkaido shinkansen High-Speed Rail between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto next spring, the island will soon be easier to visit than ever before. But why not go now and beat the swarm? Hokkaido is a winter wonderland riddled with world-renowned ski resorts and volcanic hot springs. Coastal plains sprawl in all directions.


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