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Archaeologist awarded for Ainu trade theory

National / History Mar 1, 2016

Archaeologist awarded for Ainu trade theory

Archaeologist Takuro Segawa has been awarded for his new theory that the Ainu, an indigenous ethnic group concentrated in Hokkaido, traded with Honshu and even Northeast Asia more closely than previously believed. In his book "Ainu Gaku Nyumon" ("Introduction to the Study of Ainu People"), ...

Hokkaido aquarium aiming to breed endangered Humboldt penguins

National Feb 25, 2016

Hokkaido aquarium aiming to breed endangered Humboldt penguins

Japan's northernmost aquarium will try to breed endangered Humboldt penguins from South America. Hidenori Takai, 41, who heads the seven-member breeding team at Wakkanai Noshappu Aquarium in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, said the program aims to show children how life begins again. "We don't have a luxury facility ...

Hokkaido photographer documents neighboring Sakhalin

National Nov 12, 2015

Hokkaido photographer documents neighboring Sakhalin

Photographer Masayoshi Saito has spent the past decade shooting the rugged expanses of Sakhalin Island, with the hope that his images will create better understanding between the Russian and Japanese people. Saito, 60, a retired local government official in Hokkaido, has had to overcome barriers ...