2018年08月20日

'Ainu' are the indigenous people who used to live throughout Japan Before Christ.

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Ainu are hunting people and highly depend on salmon fishery. So, they permanently resided near rivers, lakes and seaside together with 5-7 families, these small villages are called 'kotan' in Ainu. The people from China and Korean Peninsula coming to Japan in 2,500 B.C. brought rice cultivation and established central government based on the emperor system in the 5th century. This new power drove Ainu to north and south after the 8-9th century. The pure Ainu people have disappeared now, and just 23,000-24,000 Ainu-related people with Japanese names are found mainly in Hokkaido. Their cultural aspects and appearance are similar to Okinawan, the people in Okinawa Islands, which implies these two kinds of people are originally the same. The Japanese natives driven to north likely became Ainu, and to south Okinawan. The picture shows the largest Ainu kotan village on Lake Akan, which was intentionally formed by putting many kotans near Lake Akan together in 1954. This big kotan is made up of 36 families. The villagers are running souvenir shops, Ainu cuisine restaurants and the like.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 13:16 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする