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A feast of culture on Hokkaido menu

General Jun 27, 2004

A feast of culture on Hokkaido menu

Modernization and industrialization have ensured that the traditional lifestyle of the Ainu has been destroyed as thoroughly as the traditional customs of their Japanese neighbours. -- by Ainu historian Richard Siddle, in "Japan's Ainu: Refusing to Fade Away," in the EastAsia@Sheffield newsletter, June 2002 ...

Where are the Ainu now?

General Mar 2, 2003

Where are the Ainu now?

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture, is like a tree without roots. -- Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) In the Botanical Gardens in Sapporo there is an Ainu Museum. Reading through the visitors book there reveals a concern common to many ...

Skeletons in the academic closet

General Nov 17, 2002

Skeletons in the academic closet

"Those who have put out the people's eyes reproach them of their blindness'' -- John Milton (1608-74) It's certainly an eye-opening photograph: Sakuzaemon Kodama, professor of anatomy in the medical department of Hokkaido University in the 1930s, surrounded by shelfloads of skulls, racks of ...