Japanese Artist

On Monday June 12 we welcomed an indigenous Japanese artist to the school. Motoi Ogawa (ToyToy) is an Ainu from the northern island of Hokkaido, where there is snow for much of the year and the temperature can get down to -30 degrees in winter! The students completed some traditional patterned kiri-e (cut-out pictures) and listened to ToyToy play the tonkori and the mukkuri.

The Ainu people believe that no-one owns anything, that everything should be shared and every non-living thing has a spirit that should be cared for and nurtured. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet ToyToy! If you would like to see ToyToy peforming, please click one of the links below.

iyai ire kare (thank you in Ainu)

Blair Sensei