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May 17, 2006

Ainu World in English

(Japan) An English-language picture book showing how Japan's indigenous Ainu see the world was released recently. "The Ainu and the Fox," written by Ainu Shigeru Kayano, is based on a folktale and puts forward Ainu beliefs regarding coexistence with nature. Kayano, a former House of Councilors member, wrote the story in 1974 for elementary school children. According to Tokyo-based R.I.C. Publications, the book will be distributed in Australia, Britain, Canada, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States.
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