Japan | “Ainu woman with lip tattoo” | Photographer and date unknown

A Beauty to Give the Thrill: 20 Vintage Portraits of Ainu Women from Northern Japan With Their Traditional Tattooed Lips

Ainu woman with bear cub. The Ainu revere bears, believing their gods can incarnate as bears to watch over them. In early December, a bear cub would be raised among them, fed and loved. Then it would be sacrificed, using special arrows, so that its soul could return to the gods in the heavens with their prayers.

A captive bear drinking from a large sake bottle held by an Ainu tribeswoman, ca. 1955 by Evans/Three Lions

Portrait of two Ainu men from the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan, ca. 1900 ~Via Madoka W-D-B

【Ainu Tribe: Japanese Race】Portrait of two Ainu men from the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan.

Patterns of The Ainu Race

一番の日本人!【Ainu Tribe: Japanese Race】Patterns of The Ainu Tribe: Japanese Race

Patterns of The Ainu Race - the indigenous people of Japan

一番の日本人!【Ainu Tribe: Japanese Race】Patterns of The Ainu Tribe: Japanese Race

Ainu people - indigenous people of Hokkaido (northern island of Japan)

She is, as the image says, from an old Japanese culture called the Ainu. C: Body Mod Project 2 - Ainu

AINU GRANDPARENTS AND THEIR GRAND-DAUGHTER  The Original Inhabitants of OLD JAPAN  Okanawa Soba writes: I love the wild and free look of the young girl. Grandpa has a sword. The integration of the cultures was inevitable, and the approximate form of the Japanese Kimono has already been adopted.  I think that grandpas sword is a big deal. The right to carry a sword was highly restricted to warrior  upper classes. How did an Ainu get to have one?

Ainu grandparents & their grandaughter, from a collotype photograph published in Japan Photographer unknown.

An Ainu woman, one of the indigenous people of northern Japan, in traditional garments, 1890s. S)

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

Ainu man, Japan.  This handsome man is genetic evidence that the Japanese have a Northern European ancestry in their background, dating back thousands of years ago.  The world is an interesting place!

Ikuo Yamamaru keeps alive Ainu traditions and hands them down to younger generations at the Ainu Museum (Japan)

[Proposal] Ainu Units mod - Total War Center Forums

historicaltimes: Aboriginal North Japanese warrior from the tribe of the Ainus, 1904 Yes! The Ainu! An awesome picture, an awesome beard.

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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