(redirected from Ainu people)
Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


n. pl. Ainu or Ai·nus
1. A member of an indigenous people of Japan, now inhabiting parts of Hokkaido, Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands.
2. The language of the Ainu.

[Ainu aynu, person.]


npl -nus or -nu
1. (Peoples) a member of the aboriginal people of Japan, now mostly intermixed with Mongoloid immigrants whose skin colour is more yellowish
2. (Languages) the language of this people, sometimes tentatively associated with Altaic, still spoken in parts of Hokkaido and elsewhere
[Ainu: man]


(ˈaɪ nu)

n., pl. -nus, (esp. collectively) -nu.
1. a member of a people of E Asia, who lived in recent historical times on Hokkaido, S Sakhalin, and the Kurile Islands.
2. the language of the Ainus, not closely affiliated with any other language.
References in periodicals archive ?
Latin American nations were next, followed by the Ainu people of Japan's Hokkaido, and the Saami peoples of northern Scandinavia (see Deloria).
SAPPORO - A political party launched in January last year to better represent Japan's indigenous Ainu people has given up its plan to field 10 candidates in the House of Councillors election after failing to collect sufficient campaign funds.
The panel on security and defense capabilities and the expert panel on policies for the indigenous Ainu people were abolished, but they are expected to be revived under different names.
The new additions include a traditional Ainu dance in Hokkaido, northern Japan, performed by the indigenous Ainu people in the area, and ''Gagaku,'' one of Japan's traditional performing arts characterized by long, slow songs and dance-like movements, according to the agency.
The director of the Sican National Museum, Carlos Elera, told the El Comercio newspaper that Shinoda found that people who lived more than 1,000 years ago in what today is the Lambayeque region, about 800 kilometers north of Lima, had genetic links to the contemporaneous populations of Ecuador, Colombia, Siberia, Taiwan and to the Ainu people of northern Japan.
Ainu elder Saki Toyama puts it this way: "The Japanese government and all of Japan must recognize that the Ainu people are still here, and that we are stronger than ever.
TOKYO - The Ainu Association of Hokkaido on Wednesday asked the government at a panel meeting of experts discussing Japanese policy on the Ainu to set up a new law to support the livelihoods of Ainu people, the head of the panel said.
Moreover, Morihiro Ichikawa shows how evolving international norms helped move Japan to recognize special rights for the Ainu people, but those rights remain vague and untested.
The authors note similarities between the people of Ban Chiang and the latter group and the Ainu people, and pay no heed to the weight of linguistic or archaeological evidence that, in fact, supports the hypothesis for demic diffusion.
The Ainu people, mostly inhabiting the northern island of Hokkaido, were denied a place in Japanese culture, while Okinawans, occupying the southernmost group of islands, were supposed to preserve some traces of ancient Japanese culture.
An added highlight to this year's festival was a presentation by the Ainu people who are the Indigenous people of Japan.