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Akan Yukar Utasa Festival 2022

From Space Shower TV, DAX YouTube account, Akan Yukar "Utasa Festival" 2022
The live session and documentary have been released in full.
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February 12, 2022 (Sat) -
February 13, 2022 (Sun)
Lake Akan Ainu Kotan, Hokkaido

Lake Akan is located in the eastern part of Hokkaido,
the home of a “Kotan” (Ainu word meaning "village" in the Ainu language) where about 120 Ainu people live.
The Ainu people live in an extremely harsh natural environment
with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius in the summer and -20 degrees Celsius in the winter.
The Ainu people of Akan, live together with Japanese and various ethnic groups in the area.

In 2019, with the passing of a new Ainu law, the Ainu people were declared to be indigenous people of Japan.
However, there is still very little recognition of their history and background in this country.

The word "Utasa" in the Akan Yukara Utasa Festival means, "to mingle" in the Ainu language.

This festival is a unique event that brings together the Ainu people, artists,
and those who have grown up with their own and from other cultures.
In this festival, Ainu people and artists of other cultures will mingle and acknowledge each other to share
and offer a completely new time on live stage that has never been seen before.

This year's event, the third of its kind, will feature live performances, cultural experiences, and talk shows, all with an audience.
The live stage will also be held online as in the previous event.
For more information, please visit the Utasa Festival
Official Instagram account and this website will be updated as needed.

Notice of Change to No Audience Distribution

The Akan Yukara Utasa Festival, which was scheduled to be held on
February 12th (Sat) and 13th (Sun), 2022 with an audience,
has been decided to be held without an audience due to the spread of the new coronavirus.

We would like to express our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused to
those who were looking forward to coming to the event and those who applied through the application form.
All of us involved in the event were looking forward to the
first attended event in two years and were preparing for the event,
looking forward to meeting many of you in real life.
However, we have made this decision because we believe that it would be
difficult to guarantee the safety of many people, including the audience, performers, staff,
and local people if we were to hold the event under the current situation of the continuing spread of infection

The talk session on February 12th (Sat) and the live stage on February 13th (Sun) will be streamed online.
Details will be announced on the official website and official Instagram account as they become available.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

January 21st, 2022
Organizer: Kushiro City/Utasa Festival Office

Easy Mukkuri /
Retar Nuy giveaway!!

We will be holding a giveaway at the Utasa Festival live session.
50 people will be selected by drawing from among those who follow the official Utasa Festival Instagram and watch the live session.
1.Lake Akan original “Yasashii Mukkuri”
One winner will be selected from among the 50 people.
2.Hokkaido Down Jacket "Letar Nui”
Model: SOY Color: RED Size: S, M, L, XL
You can choose from S, M, L, XL.

How to apply: Quiz to the program viewers (tentative)
Application period : February 13 (Sun), 20:00 - February 20 (Sun), 2022
Drawing date: Scheduled for the end of February
Notification method: Message will be sent to the winners via DM on Instagram.
Shipping: Scheduled for early March

For more information about Retar Nuy,
click here.

Ainu Artist

Guest Artist

Experience Ainu Culture Online

Official Instagram account of the Utasa Festival:

The Ainu Culture Experience will be held as an online experience centered on the official Utasa Festival Instagram account.
Please follow the official account in advance to participate.

Talk Session
"Neusar / Let’s Talk Happily"
Writer Yumiko Sakuma
x Ainu and Friends

February 12 (SAT), 11:00 START

On the first day of the Utasa Festival, the writer Yumiko Sakuma, Ainu, and live artists will interact with each other through words.
Yumiko Sakuma will slowly unravel the real words of the Ainu people living in the present over a cup of tea.

n this talk session, you will hear valuable stories from the women and men who live in Lake Akan Ainu Kotan, Ainu women, men and children who live in different areas, and the live performing artists.
This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the Ainu culture, Lake Akan Ainu Kootan, and the Utasa Festival.

To enjoy the live performance on the 13th, don’t miss the talk session on the 12th!

The live streaming will be available on the official Utasa Matsuri Instagram, and the recorded video will be available on the official Utasa Matsuri Spotify.

Performer/Yumiko Sakuma

Miyako Sasaki, Setsuko Monma, Kayo Watanabe,
Lee Eun Kyung, KOM_I
Debo Akibe, OKI, Shusei Toko, Masaki Saito, Tatsuo,
Kuniyuki Takahashi, U-zhaan
Eiko Yamamoto, Rie Kayano, Midori Toko,
Emi Toko, Mine Kawakami
Kanto Shimokura, Masao Hirasawa, Daichi Hirono,
Jin Goukon, Yuta Fujito, GOMA, GEZAN
Please note that the time schedule and performers are subject to change.

Nail x Nuye

February 13 (Sun) 12:30 START

This event will be streaming live on Utasa Festival’s official Instagram with Anri Yamamoto, a manicurist who travels to 47 prefectures to paint nails based on local culture, and Eiko Yamamoto, who embroiders and passes on Ainu culture in Ainu Kotan, Lake Akan.
“Nuye" means carving, tattooing, and writing in the Ainu language.

In this live streaming, we will show you how Eiko Yamamoto’s Ainu patterns will be designed on her own nails through Anri’s nail art.

We will also be accepting questions from the viewers in the comments.
We hope you will enjoy this rare opportunity to hear about Ainu culture and life in person.

Ainu Ritual "Kamuinomi"
Online Tour

February 13 (SUN), 14:30 START

We will be holding an online tour of the Kamuinomi, a ritual performed by the Lake Akan Ainu themselves to thank the Kamui (gods) and pray for a peaceful life.

Please note that the start time is subject to change without notice.



Akan Ainu Handcraft Exhibition
January 28 (Fri), 20:00
- February 20 (Sun), 2022

Open:12:00 - 19:00


At:Metrocs Sapporo


Measures Taken to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus

Measures taken
by staff

  • ・social distancing
  • ・disinfecting of hands
  • ・disinfecting of all venues   
  • ・ventilation
  • ・wearing of masks
  • ・monitoring of staff’s health


Lake Akan Ainu Kotan (village)

4-7-19, Akanko Onsen, Akan-cho,
Kushiro-shi, Hokkaido, Japan

Lake Akan Ainu Kotan

NPO Akan Tourist Association
Town Planning Organization