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This Japanese Museum Is Preserving Ainu Culture And Heritage

In Hokkaido's Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park, visitors can participate in traditional Ainu dance and try out indigenous cuisine

Traditional dress of the Ainu people Photo: Rita Willaert/Flickr

Upopoy, is Japan's first national museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Ainu people, the indigenous people of the northern region of the Japanese archipelago. Situated in Shiraoi, Hokkaido, the museum opened its doors to the public in July, 2020. It serves as a cultural centre where visitors can learn about Ainu traditions, language, and way of life through a variety of exhibits, workshops, and live performances.