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The Ainu and Their Swords in Japan - A Concise Overview

By Curt Peritz




The Ainu and Their Swords in Japan - A Concise Overview

The white-skinned “hairy Ainu” came from eastern Siberia to populate over half the area of modern Japan for seven thousand years. They came into conflict with the growing strength of the Japanese culture. The Ainu obtained Japanese swords and adapted them with accutrements representing their political, social, and religious beliefs.

SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 3 No. 1 (1994): 14 pages.


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