Photo/IllutrationAinu patterns are projected on the Hokkaido prefectural government’s red-brick office building in Sapporo’s Chuo Ward during a projection mapping show to mark the 150th anniversary of the naming of Japan's northernmost main island. (Shinichiro Bando)

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SAPPORO--A projection mapping show to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the naming of Hokkaido is being held at the prefectural government’s red-brick office building here.

Inspired by the world according to indigenous Ainu people, the 12-minute show tells a story in which an owl deity travels over sea, mountains and woodlands, and encounters deities represented by a killer whale, brown bear and others.

“Hokkaido was originally formed when humans settled amid the gods of animals and created culture,” said Kimihito Kamori, president of Kamori Kanko Co., which organized the event, during the opening ceremony on Jan. 19. “We’d like everyone to enjoy the drama re-created by sound and light.”

It is the first time a projection mapping show has been held at the red-brick office building, officials said.

The colorful imagery is projected on a wall 15 meters tall and 55 meters wide on the east side of the building.

Admission is free. The show will be performed 10 times a day between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. until Feb. 25.