Traditional Ainu sake reproduced to warm community bonds with...
Masahiro Nomoto, left, director of the Ainu Museum, and Kazuyoshi Tanaka, president of Tanaka Shuzo, celebrate the revival of traditional Ainu sake in Shiraoi, Hokkaido, in July. (The Asahi Shimbun)
SHIRAOI, Hokkaido--A museum themed on Ainu culture helped revive the traditional sake of indigenous people in Hokkaido as part of its efforts to bring together Ainu and local...
Ainu museum planned for 2020 to promote understanding of...
Members of the Ainu community offer prayer to their gods at the "Porotokotan" Ainu culture village in the town of Shiraoi, Hokkaido, in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A national museum dedicated to Ainu culture will open in southwestern Hokkaido in 2020 to coincide with the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Activists cry foul over plan to unite Ainu remains at central site
Masaki Sashima, center, and other Ainu activists call for the return of Ainu remains to their local communities at a news conference in Tokyo on Jan. 30. (Miki Aoki)
Ainu activists are up in arms over a plan by the central government to erect a memorial for Ainu remains unearthed decades ago for research and stored at sites nationwide.
INSIGHT: Assemblyman's Ainu remarks ignore long history of...
Representatives from Ainu groups protest the remarks by Yasuyuki Kaneko during a news conference in Sapporo in August. (Kentaro Yamayoshi)
SAPPORO--A Sapporo assemblyman infuriated indigenous people in Hokkaido, contradicted the central and local governments’ position and offended his colleagues so much that...
Making 'invisible' Ainu visible is photographer's labor of love
Photographer Makiko Ui stands next to her pictures of Ainu people. (Hiroki Nishida)
Makiko Ui has made it her life's work to capture the indigenous Ainu people in photographs under a project called "My portrait Myself."
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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