Explore with us the northernmost culture of the Japanese archipelago taking a journey through the hidden stories of the Ainu, an indigenous people of Japan.
The Ainu are an indigenous people living in Japan. The history of Ainu people has been turbulent and harsh. The Ainu have suffered from oppression and prevarication and sadly still today prejudice seems sometimes hard to eradicate.
The Ainu language has mysterious origins and is considered an ‘isolate language’, unrelated to any other language. This is one of the reasons why it attracts many linguists and language lovers. Through this course, you can access a rich cultural heritage made up of sagas, legends, and epic songs. Moreover, you’ll get acquainted with Ainu customs, eating habits and their beliefs in the spirits of nature (kamuy).
Find out how they’re striving for revitalizing their ancient language and traditions.
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