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Ainu design coaster

Recently, Ainu goods shop was opend in Motomachi area and I dropped by it to know how was it. I could find a variety of goods from cellular phone lanyards with small wood carvings to fancyworks. I'm interested in fancyworks with Ainu design, so I bought a coaster kit and made it. One set costs 500yen and you can make it easily as long as you know chain stitch;) Why don't you get one and make it?
最近元町にアイヌ民族の工芸品を売るお店がオープンしました。そんなわけで、どんな感じか知りたかったの寄ってみました。そこには小さな木彫がついた携帯電話のストラップから手芸作品までいろいろなものがありました。個人的にアイヌ文様の手芸作品に興味があるのでコースター作成キットを購入して作ってみました。1セット500円で、チェーンステッチを知っていれば簡単にできます。お一つ試してみてはいかが?
作成キット 完成品表

If you are interested in how to make this coaster, please check this page.
このコースターの作り方に興味のある形はこちらをクリックしてくださいませ♪
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Bears as Gods/神としてのクマ

All bears in Hokkaido are brown bears and they are widely found in the Northern Hemisphere from Europe to Siberia, Mongolia and North America. They are the same as grizzly or gray bears. Bears in Honshu, the main island of Japan, are black bears and they are different from the ones in Hokkaido. Bears in Hokkaido have been regarded as "the biggest beasts of the island" and "enemies of pioneers".
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However, for the native Ainu, bears are kamui, or gods who bring fur and food to them.
Ainu people

Ainu people/アイヌの人たち

A festive ritual that is held to send a bear's spirit back to the land of gods is called Iyomante(Bear sending) and is very importaint for the Ainu.
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According to a local newspaper's column, it is "a ritual for expressing gratitude for the blessing of the gods, welcoming the bear god's visit to our world and sending him back to the land of the gods." I found a good story at the Brown Bear Museum to understand the coloumn better.

The title was "The Bear God who wants to listen to Yukara, or an Ainu folk story." The bear god was welcomed to an Ainu village led by Princess Pine-Tar and Princess Aconite. Soon pine tar adhered around his feet and he was intoxicated by a good fragrance of aconite and fell asleep. When he woke up, he found himself dead. He was shot by an arrow that contained aconite poison and pine tar inside. But his spirit remained. The spirit was celebrated by the Ainu people with sake, or rice wine, and big meals. Then, he listened to a traditional yukara of the village. But at this point, he was told, "the next story shall be told upon your next visit." So only his spirit went back to the land of the gods. This is the story I read at the museum.

On another board at the museum, I found the next passage.

"Brown bears are paid the highest respect by the Ainu people as a god of the mountains. It is because the Ainu people believe that a brown bear possessed by gods of the heavens comes from a deep mountain to a kotan(Ainu village) bringing a big loaf of meat as a souvenir and wearing a nice fur coat.

Moreover, this bear god doesn't visit anyone. It appears in front of a chosen hunter, who should truely be a kind hearted, among hunters coming to nearby mountains to invite the god. The bear god is shot of himself by a chosen hunter and leaves souvenir. So the one who could shoot a brown bear thanked that he was chosen by gods."

For your information, the museum I visited is in Bear Farm in Noboribetsu. It's worth visiting and futher information about the farm is soon be uploaded.

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Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too.
函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。

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