Kamui Mintara

The Playground of the Gods, or in Japanese, Kamui Mintara, are a dozen of totem pole sculptures located at the top of Burnaby Mountain in B.C. They were created by Nuburi and Shusei Toko to reinforce the bonding between Burnaby and its sister city Kushiro, in Japan.

The artists are from Ainu ancestry, an indigenous group from Northern Japan and the Russian islands of Sakhalin and Kutil. They believe in animism, and that everything in nature has a spirit living inside, or a kamuy.

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Kimun Kamuy, god of Bears and Mountains.

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Repun Kamuy, god of the Sea and Fishing.

These totem poles represent the Ainu creation myth, where the gods descended to create the islands and later gave birth to the Ainu people.

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Burrard Inlet from Burnaby Mountain

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