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
Born in 1957, his name is Oki Kano.
He has released a total of more than 20 original albums including, solo band and dub-mixed versions.
In the album "TONKORI" (2005) OKI as a tonkori player integrates classic-based performances with instrumental collections of researchers in the late 18th and 19th centuries, such as Ume Nishihira, Kuruparumaha Shirakawa, and Haru Fujiyama (E sohorankemaha).
From his first album, "Kamuy Kor Nupurpe" (1996), to his latest, he has included Ainu lyrics and narratives in traditional Ainu songs.
Original Ainu songs were written with Tatsujiro Kuzuno ekashi, and the-songs "Osoro Omap" and "Tawki" on Sakhalin Rock (2010) have unique lyrics written by the children of the Ainu language school in Asahikawa, where he is based.
While valuing the classics and cultural identity, "OKI DUB AINU BAND" (2006) and "Sakhalin Rock" (2010) are cutting-edge musical expressions that mix rock, reggae, and dub.
In his third album, "NO ONE’S LAND" (2002), He has featured guest artists such as Russia’s indigenous Chukchi tribe and a poet from East Timor.
and used audio from the UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, which he attended in 1997.
OKI DUB AINU BAND was formed as a project led by OKI with (Tonkori: Futoshi Ikabe, Drums: Takashi Numazawa, Bass: Takashi Nakajo, Mix: Naoyuki Uchida, Keyboards: HAKASE-SUN) and he has been invited to perform at WOMAD (Australia in 2004, the UK in 2006, Singapore in 2007, Adelaide in 2017), which is known as the world’s largest world music festival, and Rainforest World Music Festival (Malaysia 2019).
He has also participated in many music festivals in Japan.
As a music producer, he runs the Chikar Studio label and produces the vocal unit "MAREWREW", which recreates and passes on the traditional Ainu song "Upopo."
Umeko Ando (1932-2004), known as a master of the mukkuri (mouth harp) and upopo, has been participating in OKI’s second album "HANKAPUY" (1999) as an artist of the label.
A unit of a mother and her two daughters.
The mother, who is from Honbetsu in the Tokachi region, has inherited Upopo and other Ainu songs and dances from the east of Hokkaido and Lake Akan, and the daughter, who married into the town of Biratori in the Hidaka region, has inherited a deep oral tradition. The world of Ainu voices woven by a diverse mother and her two daughters will be presented.
Akan Jew’s Harp Association
Established in 1992, Akan Jew’s Harp Association promotes Ainu culture by hosting mukkuri (a traditional Ainu bamboo instrument similar to a Jew’s harp) performances and lecturing about the instrument. The association’s members pour their efforts into preserving ancient Ainu dances and Ainu songs as well as into training young people in them. The association has participated in various International Jew’s Harp Festivals (Austria in 1999, Norway in 2002, Netherlands in 2006, and the Sakha Republic in Russia in 2011). And it has received high critical acclaim internationally—the association was invited to perform at the third “Meeting of UNESCO Masterpieces on Olonkho Land”, an international festival that is held in the Sakha Republic in 2016.×
Singers and dancers
Lake Akan Ainu Kotan is home to fuchi (Ainu women elders) and ekashi (Ainu men elders). These elders have passed down rituals and festivals by performing ancient upopo (songs) and rimse (dances). There are also a group of men in the village who provide support for and carry on traditions. And in the Iomante fire festival and Lost Kamuy performed at Ainu Theater , new ways to express Ainu culture have been created that mix tradition and creativity, with Ainu dance at the core. All of these people living in Akan are heirs to Ainu culture.×
In 2017, Gt./Vo. Kanto, Dr. OMI, and Ba. Daichi joined GREEN Bou GRINBO, which PETE started in Ainu Kotan, Lake Akan. The band was active mainly in the eastern part of Hokkaido, including the Utasa Festival held at Lake Akan, but disbanded in 2021. In the same year, Daichi formed Tadekui when he went to the same high school as Kanto and OMI. In July 2021, they held their first live performance with ASOUND, a band belonging to Manau, the son of OKI, a leading Ainu artist, and in January 2022, they were invited to perform at FSR at sound lab mole. This is Tadekui’s first time participating in Utasa Festival. They are all still developing and in their adolescence, but look forward to working with them.×
Kapiw and Apappo are sisters from Lake Akan Ainu Kotan who perform upopo (Ainu folk songs). Their names are Ainu words: “Kapiw” means “seagull”, and “Apappo” means “flower”.
Since childhood, these singing sisters have shared the magic of Ainu songs by using traditional Ainu instruments such as the mukkuri (a bamboo instrument similar to a Jew’s harp) and the tonkori (a plucked instrument) to play local Akan songs and songs handed down from their grandmother.
They started performing in 2011. And since then, they have performed all over Japan, sometimes performing together with other musicians.
Kuniyuki Takahashi is based in Sapporo, Japan.
Kuniyuki Takahashis music has always had a unique worldview, regardless of national borders, and is highly regarded by producers and DJs around the world.
He has released, "Precious Hall" on Joe Claussell’s [Natural Resource] label, a tribute to his hometown club in Sapporo.
He’s also participated in 4 Hero’s Dego’s 2000 Black compilation and remixed Ananda Project’s classic "Cascades of Colour."
He released a remix of Ananda Project’s classic, "Cascades of Colour" and released a single "Earth Beats" on Mule Musiq, which received overwhelming support from DJs.
His 2012 album "Feather World" took him to a new level with the participation of jazz pianist Fumio Itabashi and his ally Henrik Schwarz, both of whom have a unique worldview in the jazz scene.
He’s also collaborated with overseas artists such as DJ Nature and Vakula, an album of these collaborations was released by the sound of speed in 2017.
As for domestic artists, he remixed "Sample" by Sakanaction, "Ikue Asazaki", a singer of Amami island songs, and "Maleureu", a group that sings traditional Ainu songs, etc.
He participated in the compilation of DJ EMMA’s project, "ACID CITY" and "Acid Air" was even played by DJ Harvey, Gilles Peterson, etc.
In 2017, he released a new album by Newwave Project, and in 2018, he released his previous works from the ’80s and early ’90s on Music From Memory, in the Netherlands.
In 2021, Kuniyuki Takahashi released a remix of "WATARASE" by Fumio Itabashi.
In recent years, he has been actively performing both in Japan and abroad, including Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, and United States. He performs in a unique style that combines improvisation and dance music.
In 2009, while working as a didgeridoo player for the Aboriginal people of Australia, he was involved in a car accident and was diagnosed with higher brain dysfunction due to traumatic brain injury.
Due to the accident, he suddenly began to draw intricate pointillism.
In 2012, his film "Flashback Memories 3D" won the Audience Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
And in 2013 it won the Best Asian Film Award at the Jeonju International Film Festival in Korea and the Best Music Award at the 2014 Osaka Asian Film Festival.
He has performed at many festivals in Japan and abroad, including Fuji Rock Festival. in 2019,He’s co-authored his first art book "Monad" with poet Shuntaro Tanikawa. He was also in charge of the entrance music for the Hikari truck, and the voice of the truck at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Paralympic Games.
He studied the Indian percussion instrument "tabla" with Onindo Chatterjee and Zakir Hussain.
Joined ASA-CHANG & Pilgrimage in 2000, and participated in four albums including "Hana" and "Kage no Nai Hito."
After leaving the unit in 2010, he released "Kawagoe Rendezvous" as U-zhaan x rei harakami.
In 2014, he released his solo album "Tabla Rock Mountain."
In 2017, he then released "2 Tone", an album co-written with Shuta Hasunuma.
In 2020 he performed at the Saptak Annual Festival of Music in Ahmedabad, India.
In 2021, he released the album "Tanoshimi" with U-zhaan x ROY Kan x Chinza DOPENESS.
Mine Kawakami is a pianist and composer, born in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
She began playing the piano at the age of three, graduated from the State University of Music in Munich and the National Graduate School of Music in Madrid with a degree in piano.
She’s had traveled around the world studying, teaching, performing, and cooking and has lived in Munich, Madrid, and Havana.
And now continuing her practices in Kyoto and Spain.
She plays genre-less and non-nationality music deriving from classical music.
She has performed in many world heritage sites, including the Mezquita in Cordoba, Santiago Cathedral, and El Escorial Monastery.
As for Japan, at concerts such as Kiyomizu Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.
Since 2003, she has performed with Chucho Valdés, Nestor Marconi, etc. In 2005, she wrote the official theme song for "Morizo and Ciccolo" at Expo 2005 Aichi.
She was in charge of the music production of NHK TV "At Home with Venetia in Kyoto", "72 Pentads of Yamato", "Yamato Nunnery Devotional Diary", "Hokusai Paints the Universe", NHK Radio "Radio Midnight Service", movie "Venetia-san’s Garden of the Four Seasons", Skymark in-flight theme song, etc.
In 2020, Miné Kawakami’s documentary program "The Shape of Sound" was broadcast on NHK General, BS1, and NHK International. (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese).
vocal, guitar / MahiToThePeople
guitar / Eagle Taka
drums / Loscal Ishihara
An alternative rock band was formed in Osaka in 2009.
In 2012, they moved to Tokyo and have been active in various parts of Japan based on their unique perspective.
They’re the organizer of the label Jyusangatsu, which sends out a variety of domestic and international talent.
With the concept of "I want you to decide the value of fun by yourself," they have been holding the "Zen Kankaku Festival," an outdoor festival organized by Jyusangatsu, since 2014.
In January 2020, they released their fifth full-length album "Kyou -KLUE-."
And in May 2021, a new bassist, yakumoor will join the band, which will start with a new structure from FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL 2021.
In January 2022, they will start their first tour under the new name "BODY LANGUAGE TOUR 2022."
KOM_I is an artist, born in 1992, raised in Kanagawa.
She joined the band “Wednesday’s Campanella” at a home party and toured and performed at festivals in Japan and around the world, and withdrew in September 2021.
In 2019, she released "YAKUSHIMA TREASURE," a sound source based on fieldwork on Yakushima Island with Oorutaichi, and give a series of performances.
A new musical experience "YAKUSHIMA TREASURE ANOTHER LIVE from Yakushima" is now available online(https://another.yakushimatreasure.com/)。
She is currently in Kumano with Oorutaichi, preparing new work.
In 2020, she started a collaboration with OLAibi.
She is expanding the range of her musicality, taking great inspiration from the classical music of North India, Noh play, and the music of the Ainu people.
In addition to her musical activities, she is active in a wide range of fields including fashion, art, and culture.
She is actively involved in projects that address social issues, such as the project "HYPE FREE WATER," which she launched in 2020 with art director Minori Murata to create imaginary advertisements to raise questions about water and the global environment.
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.
"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.
- 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
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"
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 ARTS ＆ CRAFTS→NEXT
Akan Ainu Handcraft Exhibition
January 28 (Fri), 20:00
- February 20 (Sun), 2022
Open：12:00 - 19:00
Measures Taken to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus
- ・social distancing
- ・disinfecting of hands
- ・disinfecting of all venues
- ・wearing of masks
- ・monitoring of staff’s health