Preserving the endangered Ainu language

Nov 11, 2020, 10:00 AM

The Ainu language has been declared critically endangered by UNESCO, with few people left alive today who speak it.

The Ainu are Japan's indigenous population and Japan Times contributor Mara Budgen has been meeting with them to better understand their remaining culture, the difficulties they face, and to learn about the ongoing efforts to preserve their language.

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Photo: Hisae Kawamura sings an Ainu folktale at the Kaneto Kawamura Ainu Museum in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. | Oscar Boyd