白老ポロトコタンShiraoi Poroto Kotan

© Ainu Museum

© Ainu Museum

Poroto Kotan is an Ainu word that means a settlement of big lake. As there was an ainu settlement since early times in Shiraoi Hokkaido, it has been relocated by the Lake Porotoポロトコタンとは、アイヌ語で「大きな湖の集落」の意味。北海道・白老には昔からアイヌ集落があったことから、これを近郊のポロト湖畔に移設し、資料館とあわせて野外博物館として整備し公開しているのが「白老ポロトコタン」だ。






開館時間: 8:45〜17:00(年末年始休館)
. With a resource center it was opened as an outdoor museum called Shiraoi Poroto Kotan.

With 5 Ainu traditional thatched houses (chise in Ainu), the museum introduces the settlement in the past. Inside chise, intangible cultural assets are restored and shown by workshops of the Ainu traditional dance and performing arts as well as hand crafts.

In the premises of Poroto Kotan, there is an Ainu Museum opened in 1984, where specializes in the Ainu culture. In the chise-style building, it is a base hub for researching the Ainu culture that introduces Ainu’s food, shelter, and clothing as well as their lifestyles.

The museum shop features museum goods, Ainu-related books, handmade kimono, crafts, Ainu’s instruments such as Tonkori (photo) and Mukkuri.

As many of geographical names in Hokkaido are originated in the Ainu language, you can learn about what the place means to the Ainu people by learning Ainu. Shiraoi is originated in the Ainu word ‘shirauoi’, which means ‘a place with many horse flies’. This could be another way to enjoy Hokkaido trip to learn the Hokkaido history and Ainu culture.

Shiraoi Poroto Kotan
Address: 2-3-4 Wakakusa-cho, Shiraoi, Hokkaido
Opening Hours: 8:45-17:00
Fee: Adult 750 yen, Student 550 yen
Tel: 0144-82-3914

Translation: Mariko Takei

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