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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.
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He explained how originally only the Ainu people and animals lived in Hokkaido.
Trading routes are known to have existed with the Ainu people of Hokkaido in northern Japan via Sakhalin in Russia, marking what would be the northeastern extremity of the Silk routes.
And she's also making friends, whether it's birdwatchers, Army sergeants or native Ainu people.
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.
Kindai hoppo shi: Ainu minzoku to josei to [Modern history of the northern regions : The Ainu people and women].
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.
The Ainu people inhabited Hokkaido (Ezo), Sakhalin, northern Honshu, and the Kurile Islands prior to Japanese and Russian territorial expansion.