LIVE Ainu Wood Carving Culture「The Story of DEBO」 | LIVE Travelers

1 h 30 min

LIVE Ainu Wood Carving Culture「The Story of DEBO」

Hokkaido / Culture


■Tour Info
Time: Starts at 10:00 am on Sunday, July 3rd, Japan Standard Time
(GMT+8) Check your Local Time

Length: The tours are usually between 1h and 2h depending on conditions and Virtual travelers participation
Price: It’s FREE !
Who can participate: Everyone! The tour is family friendly and interesting for all ages.
Language: English
Necessary equipment: Any internet capable device with a steady connection

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■ Introduction of the program
This virtual live tour will bring you to experience the culture of Ainu, indigenous people of Hokkaido. The theme of this tour is to experience Ainu wood carving and local culture through the life story of DEBO, an artist who inherits Ainu culture and creates wood carving art works from driftwood that has washed up in the sea.

1. Live tour with the theme of traditional Ainu wood carving culture.
2. Feel the local culture through the life story of Ainu woodcarver Debo Akibe.
3. Complete a work of art created from driftwood.

[About Ainu culture]
Ainu people are indigenous people around the northern part of the Japanese archipelago, especially Hokkaido. Ainu people has their own unique culture. They have Ainu language which is different from Japanese, religious view which believes that all things in natural world have soul, traditional dance which is danced at festivals and home events, Ainu pattern which can be found in crafts such as embroidery and wood carving. Nowadays, more and more people are trying to revive traditional dances from old records and creating new Ainu music.

Debo Akibe
Wood carving artist born in Lake Akan.
He owns a shop in Lake Akan Ainu Kotan, which exhibits and sells art works such as driftwood carved with Ainu patterns.

Roy (Ryoei AOKI)
The former director of Otaru Museum. Operating mainly in Hokkaido, he now works as a guide for tourists to Japan.
He hopes to show visitors from all over the world the unique, charming aspects of Hokkaido and Japan.

■Akanko Ainu Kotan
Ainu who inherit traditional culture having their usual daily life in Lake Akan Ainu Kotan. They own their shop to introduce Ainu culture to travelers. In addition to inheriting, they are working on new creations that embody "tradition and innovation" by incorporating modern perspectives and techniques, and making the spirituality of Ainu culture feel more than ever.

■How to join the trip
 ・Select "Attending" on the event page. Possible up until the day before the trip.
 ・Gather on the "LIVE" page 10 minutes prior to departure.
 ・Once it's time for departure, the trip will begin.
 ・You can directly ask the tour guide questions through text comments during the trip.
 ・Once the trip is over, a broadcasting a summary of the trip through this account is planned.
 ・After the virtual travel experience has finished, please let us know what you think via a survey!
 ・You don't need a ticket to join our tour, but you do need access to an internet connection.

■Points to be aware of
 ・Usable devices: PC / smartphones / tablets
 ・Necessary connection environment: More than 1.5Mbs / 1.5Mbs (Upload/download)
 ・Depending on the state of the connection at the destination, unexpected images, or unclear sound may occur
 ・Reuse or distribution of this content is strictly prohibited.
 ・If the stream doesn't begin even after the scheduled departure time comes, please try reloading the page

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VR Experience

※Please experience this content with a PC browser.

Click on all the owl objects and discover the story of Hokkaido Akan's nature and DEBO's exquisite creations.
As you check out a new owl, the value of the counter in the upper right corner of the screen will increase.

Once you have checked all owls, a golden owl will appear for which you can get NFT works.
Additional fees are required to purchase NFT works.

You can buy related goods!

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