Ainu People

Images of the dwindling population of Ainu, aborigines of Japanese north. Photographed in Akan-kotan and Kawayu villages of Akan National Park.

Photos by Frantisek Staud


Ainu at work
Ainu at work
Ainu at work
Ainu at work
Ainu boy playing 'mukuri'
Ainu boy playing 'mukuri'

Three daughters of Ainu
Three daughters of Ainu
This one said he was a full Ainu
This one said he was a full Ainu
Ainu and fish
Ainu and fish

Ainu village, NP Akan
Ainu village, NP Akan
Hand carved owl, work of Ainu
Hand carved owl, work of Ainu
Ainu village, NP Akan
Ainu village, NP Akan

Ainu dwelling in Akan-kotan, Hokkaido

Ainu housing

Ainu at work, Akan-kotan, Hokkaido
Ainu at work, Akan-kotan, Hokkaido
Ainu man showing his carved bear in Akan-kotan, Hokkaido
Traditional Ainu costume in the museum of Kawayu village, Hokkaido
Products of Ainu carving displayed in an Akan-kotan shop, Hokkaido
Traditional Ainu costume in the museum of Kawayu village, Hokkaido


Totem of the Ainu people in Kawayu museum, Hokkaido
Ainu museum in Kawayu village, Hokkaido
Ainu carver in his shop, Kawayu village, Hokkaido
Traditional Ainu house in Akan-kotan, Hokkaido
Traditional Ainu house with the divine window open, Akan-kotan, Hokkaido
The chief Ainu of Akan-kotan village, Hokkaido
The chief Ainu of Akan-kotan village, Hokkaido


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