I have never seen Ainu dance like this!! This is a special dance performance created for the Tokyo Olympics.
I knew that some Ainu people from each region had practiced for a few years before 2020 to perform at the opening ceremony but the Ainu dance was eliminated from the program in the winter of 2020 because of the time limitation, according to a newspaper I read.
After postponing one year due to the pandemic, Ainu dancers gathered with more participants from each region in Sapporo, where the marathon races took place.
In each region has unique Ainu pattern. Please pay attention to the clothes when you watch all videos.
Ainu doesn’t have a written language, so dances have an important role in communication. What do you see from the dance?
No translation needed. Just feel and think, and enjoy.
Stage 1 | Tomakomai | August 5th, 3pm
Stage 2 | Sappro | August 5th, 7pm
Stage 3 | Mixed regions | August 6th, 3:30pm
Stage 4 | Biratori&Urakawa | August 7th, 5:50am
Stage 5 | Obihiro & Lake Akan | August 8th, 6am
These are 30 seconds TV commercials from different regions.