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Discovering Historical Links Between UK and Indigenous Japan

Hosted by the Consul of the London Japanese Cuisine & Culture Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Wed 20 Mar 17:45 - 19:00

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Join us in this guided tour of of Ainu Stories to learn about historical links between the UK and the Ainu community of Biratori with a guided tour.

The exhibition explores the contemporary culture of the Ainu, an indigenous people of northern Japan, and is curated in collaboration with the people of Nibutani, a rural community within Biratori Town, located in the Saru River basin in the south of Hokkaido.

While learning how Ainu culture is expressed today in Biratori, guests can discover historical connections between Biratori and the UK, hearing stories of the Ainu from Nibutani who travelled to London for the Protected content Exhibition and of several key Britons who forged lasting relationships with the Ainu community in the region. These include missionary John Batchelor who published an Ainu-English-Japanese language dictionary in Protected content Isabella Bird who wrote about her stay in Biratori in Protected content her popular travelogue Unbeaten Tracks in Japan; and Dr Neil Gordon Munro, who, working as a local physician in Biratori during the Protected content , dedicated the last years of his life to raising awareness of Ainu culture.

The tour will last approximately 45 minutes and will begin in front of the Protected content promptly at the start time.

We can stay for a bite/drink after the event if time allows :)

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