The Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University and the Teshikaga Town signed a Collaboration Agreement on April 18, aiming to contribute to the utilization of Ainu-related facilities, promotion and dissemination of local cultures, and academic research through close mutual coordination and cooperation.


Teshikaga Town is home to Akan-Mashu National Park, and historical Kussharo Kotan located southeast of Lake Kussharo. The Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University has been engaged in the preservation of records of Ainu culture, including the archiving of valuable local history, and the renovation of the Kussharo Kotan Ainu Folklore Museum, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Both of them have come to the common understanding that they should build an even stronger cooperative partnership in various aspects to further promote Ainu-related measures, etc.


Details of the collaboration Agreement
  1. Utilization of Ainu-related facilities, materials and cultural assets in Teshikaga Town
  2. Cultural transmission and the sustainable development of the local community
  3. Educational and research exchange
  4. human resources development
  5. Other matters deemed necessary


For more information, please click here. *Go to the press release of Hokkaido University.


Left: Prof. KATO Hirofumi (Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University), Right: Mayor TOKUNAGA Tetsuo (Teshikaga Town)