After finding our hotel and getting dinner and a good sleep, we spent most of the next day at the Ainu Museum Poroto Kotan, Shiraoi District in Hokkaido Prefecture. A formidable title for an engaging and interesting folk museum! We were greeted by this impressive statue, probably about 30 feet tall, of an Ainu elder.
We were just in time for a lively presentation by this fellow, accompanied by folk dancing and singing by his colleagues. The program was in Japanese, with translation into Chinese (there were many Chinese tourists throughout our Japan trip), but we got the gist thanks to Haruko, our daughter-in-law's mother, who whispered explanations.