Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Japanese lighthouse on Sakhalin (a.k.k. Karafuto)
Russia, Japan, and Sakhalin/Karafuto
Entrance to the Ainu Museum in Shiroai, Hokkaido

Why Japan's Ainu Recognition Bill Upsets the Ainu

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  March 18, 2019 • Tagged with ainu, hokkdaio, indigenous, history, law, equality

After all these years, the Japanese government officially recognized the Ainu. Here's why the Ainu can't take them seriously.

Hokkaido

The Colonization of Hokkaido: How a "Foreign" Frontier Became Japan

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  February 13, 2019 • Tagged with history, hokkaido, ainu, colonization, meiji era, edo

How a mysterious frontier island peopled by "barbarians" became one of the four main islands of Japan - and how the original inhabitants suffered as a result.