The Ainu: Japan's first people

Have you ever heard of the Ainu? These people are often referred to as “Japan’s forgotten people”. In the 20th century, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to hide the existence of the Indigenous Ainu. However, the Ainu fought back. Discover the hidden corner of Japan with QuizzClub!

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I did not know of them, though I lived at Misawa, Aomori which is on northern Honshu. I probable came in contact with them not knowing it. There were legends of the intelligence and prowess of the bears on Hokkaido. Maybe due to being domesticated. I have a wood carving of a Hokkaido bear walking upright carrying a large fish on a wooden stringer.
Aug 29, 2021 7:02PM
Barry Crews
Colm Finnegan, Mongols fleeing Genghis Kahn?
May 5, 2021 6:29AM
Steve Tingle
I had heard of them but believed they were the ancient forebears of the Japanese, not a still living race. But the whole world is full of human invasions - the aborigine's invaded Australia, the American Indians invaded North America, the Celts invaded most of Europe, they were not the originals where they now live, so stop complaining about one of the most successful, a small tribe from Northern Europe (the Angles - well they gave their name to the English and the language).
Mar 17, 2021 8:47AM
Colm Finnegan
Where did the Japanese come from before they settled in Japan.
Feb 1, 2021 5:47PM
Julie M Prentice
Interesting. No, I had never heard of them.
Aug 15, 2020 1:16AM
Jonathan Onike Roberts
Fascinating, never heard about them.
Jul 15, 2020 4:08AM
Jim Doyle
Very interesting. I had never heard of them before
Jul 5, 2020 4:52PM
Richard Perkins
Michael Mead, Chitose?
Jun 23, 2020 11:08AM
Kathryn Cavanagh
Remedios Prado-Ambrocio, Read the information on this page.
Jun 22, 2020 6:31AM
Kathryn Cavanagh
I found this very interesting to read, they join a host of other "forgotten" people, worldwide. As Tinker Taylor said, reminiscent of how the indigenous people, not only in america, Australia and many other places, were treated by so-called superior ethnic groups, mostly of European origins. Here in Oz things are still not right.
Jun 22, 2020 6:30AM
Edna Mohrmann
wraycw, good point ! and also their features certainly resemble more those of the Native American and Canadian.
Jun 22, 2020 4:33AM
Michael Mead
Lived on Hokkaido for two years early 60s did get to see some on their cultural ways.
Jun 21, 2020 8:42PM
Tinker Taylor
Reminiscent of how the indigenous people of the United States were/are treated
Jun 20, 2020 7:20PM
Jane Russick
That was very interesting! I previously didn't know about this ancient Japanese culture. Thanks for enlightening me.
Jun 20, 2020 12:17PM
Richard Perkins
Ainu pronounced I knew.
Jun 20, 2020 10:51AM

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