Pre-Conference Fieldwork in Tokyo’s Ainu Community
SIETAR Japan has made a consistent effort to organize our pre-conference events around deepening our understanding of Japan’s minority populations including foreign residents, indigenous populations, and ethnic minorities. At this World Congress we will focus our fieldwork on further understanding the Ainu community in Tokyo. Even though the Ainu are generally thought to be living in Hokkaido, there is a strong and thriving Ainu community in Tokyo. We will dine at the HaruKor Restaurant in Shin-Okubo and enjoy Ainu food to appreciate the deep connection the Ainu have to nature and the environment. We will hear a talk by owner Teruyo Usa and enjoy an Ainu performance. Akemi Shimada, the head of Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Program.
This fieldwork was made possible by Jen Teeter, LiDi and the Social Justice Learning Collective who will provide the translators. I hope that many of you can join us!
Schedule for Tuesday, August 7th
||Meet at JR Shin-Okubo Station (Yamanote Line—Green Loop Line), outside the exit (there is only one exit, and one wicket)
JR Shin-Okubo Station is one-stop from JR Shinjuku Station on the Yamanote-Line going towards Ikebukuro).If you are late for the 12:45pm meeting, please go directly to the restaurant below.
||HaruKor Restaurant (Ainu cuisine)
1 minute walk from Shin-Okubo Station
Address: 1-10-1 Hyakunin-cho,
Shinjuku-ku, TokyoPhone: 03-3368-4677
||Talk by owner Teruyo Usa & performance
||Talk by Akemi Shimada, Head of Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Program
||End of Field Trip
Language: Japanese but simultaneous interpretation into English is provided via wireless receiver (please indicate if you would like to request this service when you sign up via email).
Participants: Anyone interested in social justice, diversity, and minorities in Japan
Number of participants: 15 people (first come first basis)
Deadline for application: Friday, July 27, 2018
Fee: 2,000 yen (including lunch)
Person in charge: Jen Teeter, SIG Living within Diversity (LiDi)
Living within Diversity (LiDi) is a special interest group (SIG) of SIETAR Japan concerned with cultural diversity and minorities, and was established in 2010.