Ainu

VOX POPULI: Existence of Ainu is not a matter of opinion
Members of the Tomakomai branch of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido hold a traditional ceremony to celebrate the new year in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, on Jan. 19. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Before the law to promote Ainu culture was enacted in 1997, Shigeru Kayano (1926-2006), the first ethnic Ainu member of the Diet, made this unforgettable comment, "Democracy is ...
Sapporo assemblyman criticized for denying the existence of Ainu
A traditional Ainu dance is performed at the Ainu Museum in Shiraoi, Hokkaido. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Sapporo assemblyman who tweeted controversial remarks about the native people of Hokkaido is refusing to back down.
Ainu struggle to find solution for hundreds of unidentified...
Ainu people in traditional clothing line up to lay flowers in an Icarpa memorial service held at Hokkaido University in Sapporo on Aug. 2. (Kotaro Ebara)
SAPPORO--Wearing robes displaying intricate designs, an indigenous Ainu group offered flowers and prayers for the souls of more than 1,000 ancestors during a memorial ritual...
HOKKAIDO: Ainu Museum--My first lesson in Ainu culture
On my fourth morning in Hokkaido, I headed for the Ainu Museum in the town of Shiraoi, not far from the city of Noboribetsu to the southwest of Sapporo. As I approached the...
Exhibition explores Ainu aesthetics through art past and present
Traditional “ikupasuy” or prayer sticks belonging to the Hakodate City Museum are on display. (Wakato Onishi)
SAPPORO--Ainu artworks, from early traditional crafts to contemporary pieces, are on display in the first full-scale project by a museum to spotlight “Ainu art and expression....
ENJOY HOKKAIDO (12): Ainu Museum--My first lesson in Ainu culture
An Ainu woman sings traditional Ainu folk songs at the Ainu Museum in the town of Shiraoi. (Akira Kudochi)
On my fourth morning in Hokkaido, I headed for the Ainu Museum in the town of Shiraoi, not far from the city of Noboribetsu to the southwest of Sapporo. As I approached the...
Genetic kinship found between Ainu and native Okinawans
The Asahi Shimbun
Geneticists have identified similar inherited traits between the Ainu of Hokkaido and native Okinawans, two peoples whose homelands are geographically poles apart.
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