Girl embraces Ainu dance, shivers her timbers

Feb 21, 2014

Girl embraces Ainu dance, shivers her timbers

by Eriko Aoyagi

Ayaka Ono is not an Ainu but has long been fascinated by the indigenous inhabitants of Hokkaido. Last year, she even became a performer of one of their traditional dances. The 18-year-old, currently a sophomore at a high school in Kushiro, eastern Hokkaido, is ...

Sep 19, 2013

Hokkaido mulls museum revamp, new name to reflect Ainu perspective

Hokkaido is considering overhauling historical displays at its prefectural museum to showcase the indigenous Ainu people, who were deprived of their livelihoods and culture through the island’s development. The Historical Museum of Hokkaido, which in Japanese is called Hokkaido Kaitaku Kinenkan (Hokkaido Pioneer Memorial ...

Jul 12, 2013

Ainu group gives up fielding candidates in poll

A political group launched in January 2012 with the ambition of becoming a bona fide party to better represent the indigenous Ainu has given up its plan to field 10 candidates in the July 21 Upper House election after failing to collect sufficient campaign ...