Sacred patterns are an important part of the culture and spirituality of the indigenous Ainu people and were nearly lost as a result of Japanese colonization. Luckily, this rich cultural practice has been revived in recent years. Ainu people learn to draw these patterns from a young age and use them in traditional crafts, such as wood carving and embroidery. In this lesson, you will learn how to embroider a pattern onto a matanpus, a headband worn by Ainu people. Don’t miss the chance to discover this fascinating indigenous practice in person! You will leave with a beautiful souvenir of your time in Hokkaido and the cultural exchange you have taken part in.