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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Ainu


The Ainu are the indigenous people of Japan, and may be closely related to the first peoples to migrate to North America. Like all minority groups in Japan, they have had more than their fair share of problems caused by ethnic Japanese. Though they once lived over all of Northern Honshu and Hokkaido, their culture is now largely restricted to a few small areas of Hokkaido. Much moreso than Native Americans, they have been overrun and assimilated by mainstream majority culture, and there are very few ethnically distinct Ainu remaining. Recent movements to honor and rediscover their culture have much to do with the influence of the West.



2 Cool things about the Ainu is A) they look sort of like me, and B) apparently Ainu men stopped shaving after a certain age.

For this picture, Juri was told she had to carry a fish that I had "caught" for her, but she wanted the bow and arrow instead (note: there is no way she was gonna hit anything like that...). Still, that's my girl. Go shoot my dinner.

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