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The Ainu of Hokkaido until 20's, tattooed lips mouth of single women with broad blue bands that looked like mustaches. It was believed to protect the wearer from evils entering mouth and nose. Although tattooing was banned in Japan in the 17th century, the people of Ainu ignored the law, continued this traditional tattooing.

Young Ainu girl( japan) Ainu women tattooed their mouths, and sometimes the forearms. The mouth tattoos were started at a young age with a small spot on the upper lip, gradually increasing with size.

Ainu man. The Ainu are the indigenous people of Japan. They face systematic and societal prejudice

This is Ikuo Yamamaru, Director of the Lore Division at the Ainu Folk Museum in Shiraoi, Hokkaido, Japan.

Ainu Woman. The Ainu are the indigenous people of Japan, who spoke  languages completely unrelated to Japanese. After a century of modernization, forced assimilation, and official denial of their existence as a distinct people, the Ainu were officially recognized in 2008. Hokkaido Ainu, the only remaining Ainu language, will most likely die out entirely in the next few decades. The culture is experiencing a modest revival.

An Ainu woman, one of the indigenous people of Hokkaido, Japan, in traditional garments,

An Ainu woman playing a Mukkuri, a traditional Japanese Ainu percussion instrument, at the Ainu Museum. The Ainu people are indigenous to Japan and Russia. Lake Poroto, Hokkaido, Japan

An Ainu woman playing a Mukkuri, a traditional Japanese Ainu percussion instrument, at the Ainu Museum. The Ainu people are indigenous to Japan and Russia.

Portrait of three Ainu men and a woman - from the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan.  About 1900, Japan.    MIA.

Portrait of three Ainu men and a woman - from the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan. About Japan.

Ainu woman, Hokkaido

The Ainu are an indigenous people of Japan who live today in the northernmost island of Hokkaido. Ainu culture is different from Japanese culture, and.

Six-year-old Kaige loves sharks, Bill Nye the Science Guy, swimming — and pink fluffy things. When his mom, 27-year-old Ashley Dawn, let him choose his own clothes and hairstyle, he expressed his personality in an adorable way.

Mom lets her son pick his own outfit, and the results are awesome

casualtroyler: “ wasteoiddd: “ causeallidoisdance: “ piecesofamoonchyld: “ Recently Kaige told us he wishes he could be both a boy and a girl because he likes playing princesses as much as ninjas and.

Oh my goodness I want one!!  He is a gorgeous bird!

Western Mongolian people raise and train Golden Eagles as hunting partners.

Sakhalin Ainu man

Ainu and Spirituality: Forgotten indigenous people of Japan, part 3

A Sakhalin mixed-blood Ainu-Russian man, photographed by Bronisław Piłsudski ca.

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