Hokkaido photographer Taka Maesawa plans to publish a sequel to her photo book documenting the life of the Ainu indigenous people in the country's northernmost prefecture to help efforts to hand down their culture to future generations.

The 69-year-old hopes to achieve her goal of photographing 100 Ainu families by the end of October for the book, tentatively called "Inochi no Keisho" ("Succession of Life"), a collection of pictures of Ainu families taken since October 2014.

"I hope my photos will convey the life of today's Ainu people to future Ainu generations," Maesawa says.