Beyond Japan Ep. #45: The Ainu in Japan with Amanda McGuire

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This week we are joined by Amanda McGuire, PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia, to discuss the Ainu in Japan, exploring their historical and contemporary relationship with the peoples of mainland Japan and what the withdrawal of the Ainu dance from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony says about the theme of “unity in Japan”.

For a comprehensive list of Japanese time periods, please see Japanese History: A Timeline of Periods and Events


Image and audio credits

Intro-outro audio: tonkori suite by Yirara Hanawo, improvised music with the yonkori, a musical instrument used by the Ainu.

[L]“Ainu group dancing tutorial (11)” by avlxyz is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

[R]“Espaço Tokyo 2020” by Secretaria Especial do Esporte is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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