Celebrating water element in sistership between cities

Ainu mythology tells of a culture closely connected to the water. The sculpture to the lower left, with the four supports, symbolizes the ocean. To the right of this, three pairs of poles, and a single pole represent the orca, god of the sea. The sculpture on the far left points to the West, symbolizing the bridge of friendship that connects the sister cities of Kushiro and Burnaby. (these two cities are located in Japan and Canada)

 

2 thoughts on “Celebrating water element in sistership between cities

  1. once i saw a tattoo depicting the symbol of Ainu peoples, namely thier fire mother goddess. hopefully these first habitants have been fully recognized as the Japan’s indigenous by the government.
    spiritually connected with the Canadian aboriginals!
    no coincidence, water brings awareness, collective prosperity and a special bond to humans!

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