The Ainu people of Japan is notable for possessing almost exclusively Haplogroup D chromosomes In human genetics, Haplogroup D (M174) is a Y-chromosome haplogroup.D is believed to have originated in Africa some 50,000 years before present.It is found today at high frequency among populations in Tibet, the Japanese archipelago, and the Andaman Islands, though curiously not in India.

Burakumin is a Japanese word referring to a minority social group from two ancient Japanese feudal communities, the "Eta" and Hinin The Burakumin are one of the largest minorities in Japan, the Ainu of Hokkaido and residents of Korean and Chinese

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)

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 Frau - Wer waren die Vorfahren der Japaner?

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

The Ainu The Ainu are an indigenous people of northern Japan. The remaining descendants live mainly in Hokkaido Sakhalin, the Kurile Islands, and the northeastern part of Honshu Island.Ainu means "Human"

Young Ainu girl( japan) Ainu women tattooed their mouths, and sometimes the forearms. The mouth tattoos were started at a young age with a small spot on the upper lip, gradually increasing with size.

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

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

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Indigenous people in Japan, Ainu. Ainu craft goods except makiri , tashiro, ita and nima.

Alfred Eisenstaedt, Two Ainu hunters armed with bow and ancient musket, hunting in melting spring snow, Shiraoi, Japan, 1946.

Two Ainu hunters armed with bow and ancient musket, hunting in melting spring snow, Shiraoi, Japan, 1946 by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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

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