Re: Was Kimono question/Ainu Clothing.
- Ooooh! (Lightbulb on) Thanks for the contrast with the American
Indians. Wow. You don't learn THIS in school. =D
--- In email@example.com, Solveig Throndardottir <nostrand@...>
> Noble Cousin!
> Greetings from Solveig!
> > Were the Ainu Japanese, or another culture? To tell you the
> > this is the first time I even heard of them. Sorry. Thank youfor
> > your help.while.
> 1. The Ainu are still around.
> 2. They are an ethnic minority in Japan.
> 3. They are Japanese citizens.
> 4. There are very few "pure-blooded" Ainu left.
> 5. There is interest in reviving the Ainu language.
> 6. Ainu religious practices were banned by the government for a
> Sound familiar? Think American Indians. Actually, the Ainu may be
> least in part related to the trans-polar Inuit community. However,modern
> the Ainu are known for being "harry" and in particular the men can
> grow rather full beards. Their language is quite distinct from
> Japanese. The existence of the Ainu is somewhat impolitic in
> Japan as the government has at times promoted the "mono-genetic,mono-
> lingual, &c. &c." myth particularly since the loss of Korea andother
> Your Humble Servant
> Solveig Throndardottir
> Amateur Scholar
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