The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

East Asia Aynu Culture

Aynu Cultur
Aynu Culture
  • ●The Aynu People
  • ●Kamuy and Nature
  • ●Present and Future
The Aynu are an indigenous people who developed a culture adapted to the cold natural environment of the northern part of the Japanese archipelago, primarily in Hokkaido. Domination by the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Edo period and assimilation during the Meiji period led to discrimination against the Aynu and imposed hardships on them. In recent years, Japan's government has acknowledged this history fact and been taking steps that show respect for the Aynu people. Here we introduce the evolving situation of the Aynu, who continue to honor their traditions and strive to create a new and distinct culture.