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Old August 30th, 2017, 03:36 PM   #1

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Questions on the Ainu and Japanese Peoples


How did they come to live at, at least, the north of Japan and the Kuriles?

Are they related to the Okinawans?

Why do they appear so similar to Europeans?

Why didn't the Ainu pick up the technologies of the Japanese over the thousand or so years the Japanese were expanding across the islands of Japan? (Assuming the Japanese were once invaders from the mainland)

Are Northern Japanese people really, on average, lighter skinned and taller than the Southern Japanese?

Is it likely that that modern Japanese people have some Ainu in them?

I've heard that the Ainu resemble Europeans, at least, more than the Japanese do. What would cause this?

I can find very little English resources online about the Ainu. Most are just vague overviews of their history. Does anyone know of any in-depth and English Articles on their specific ways of life online?
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Old August 30th, 2017, 04:36 PM   #2

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How did they come to live at, at least, the north of Japan and the Kuriles?
They live in those areas because it was the last part of the Japanese islands to be occupied by the Yamato Japanese.

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Are they related to the Okinawans?
They have genetic affinities with Okinawans in the sense that both modern day Ainu and Okinawans are the populations with more genetic affinities to the early inhabitants of the islands during the Jomon period.

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Why do they appear so similar to Europeans?
It's purely coincidental. Melanesians also look like Africans but they are very genetically distant from each other.

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Why didn't the Ainu pick up the technologies of the Japanese over the thousand or so years the Japanese were expanding across the islands of Japan? (Assuming the Japanese were once invaders from the mainland)
The same way that Negritos in Southeast Asia or the Bushmen in Kalahari desert didn't pick the more advanced technologies of their neighbors - civilization and high technology is not appealing to everyone.

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Are Northern Japanese people really, on average, lighter skinned and taller than the Southern Japanese?
Probably yes, but I'm not sure.

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Is it likely that that modern Japanese people have some Ainu in them?
Modern Japanese have some Jomon genetic ancestries in them, which makes them also related to the Ainu.

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I've heard that the Ainu resemble Europeans, at least, more than the Japanese do. What would cause this?
Again, just like Melanesians look like Africans. Their appearance is purely coincidental. In fact most Ainus do not exactly resemble Europeans.

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I can find very little English resources online about the Ainu. Most are just vague overviews of their history. Does anyone know of any in-depth and English Articles on their specific ways of life online?
I have nothing to offer you about the Ainu lifestyle, but you can read the "Cambridge History of Japan" compendium. They contain some scholarly studies about them.
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ainu used to live from honshu to sakhalin.
ryukyuan(okinawan) used to speak a japonic language, unlike ainu.
ainu were under a military disadvantage condition for over thousands of years. that long time loss make them low populated and incapable to organize properly.
modern japanese should have ainu inside. however until the 90s-00s, the japanese gov refused to recognize the existence of minorities. acting as minorities, speaking minority languages would make one experience great trouble in japanese society. so many choose to self-recognize as yamato, and act in the yamato way.

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The Ainu are descendants of the Emishi people who used to live throughout the Japanese islands before the arrival of the Yayoi era people from the mainland (i.e. the ancestors of the modern Japanese people).

The two terms, Ainu and Emishi are not interchangeable.

Some Emishi families became absorbed into the Japanese nobility. The Northern Fujiwara, based around the modern Kanto area, were supposedly of partly Emishi descent.
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