～ Ceremony to protect the tradition of the Ainu ～ “50th Chipusanke.”
“Chipusanke” means ” launching of a boat” in the Ainu and is a launching ceremony to put the soul into a boat made by traditional techniques from ancient times. We participated in this ritual, which is the 50th time this year, a traditional ritual of Ainu held in Saru River every summer, on 8/18 (Sun).
At “Chipusanke,” which is the main event of the day, many people lined up because they could get on the “Chipu (dugout canoe)” and experience going down the Saru River about 800 meters.
The ceremony included an ancient dance and Kamuinomi in front of a dugout canoe. This was done in Ainu as a ritual to thank the gods such as the god of fire and the god who protects the house and pray for safety.
Finally, the main “Chipusanke” has begun. Depending on the boat’s shape, there are various types of boats, such as those with a sense of stability and those that capsize many times. I actually tried riding, but after the typhoon passed, the river’s water was muddy, and I felt a little uneasy, but I was able to go down safely without being thrown into the river.
It was a day where I experienced the traditional Ainu culture that has been protected from my predecessors.
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