Alone With the Hairy Ainu

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-06-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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A. H. Savage Landor (1867-1925), the grandson of the author Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), was born and educated in Florence. He abandoned his painting studies in Paris to travel around the world, and visited Asia, the Middle East and South America, supporting himself as he went by painting portraits of people he encountered. Landor became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1892, and a Member of the Royal Institution in 1897. This volume, first published in 1893, deals with his adventurous experiences among the indigenous Ainu, the 'hairy men' who lived in the northern 'home islands' of Japan and in Sakhalin, the island whose possession was disputed by Japan and Russia for two hundred years. Landor insisted on 'doing in Ainuland as the Ainu does'. He describes his journey through the Ainu territory and gives a detailed and ethnographically aware account of its people and their culture.

Table of Contents

From Hakodate to Mororran
From Mororran to the Saru River
Up the Saru River
An Ainu festival
From the Saru River to Cape Erimo
From Cape Erimo to the Tokachi River
The Tokachi region
From the Tokachi River to the Kutcharo River
The Koro-pok-kuru
The Kutcharo River and Lake
From Akkesi to Nemuro
The Kurile Islands
On the east and north-east coast
Along the lagoons of the north-east coast
On the north-east coast
From Cape Soya to the Ishikari River
The Ishikari River
Nearing civilisation
Completing the circuit of Yezo
Ainu habitations
Ainu art
Ainu physiognomy
Movements and attitudes
Ainu clothes
Ainu music
Physiological observations
The Ainu superstitions
Marital relations
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