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I was led to Harukor by Honda Katsuichi after I read his book The Nanjing Massacre, and searched for others by him available in English. Harukor is from the perspective of an Ainu woman. The book is categorized as fiction, but there is a great deal of introductory background material. I considered this fortunate since I knew little about the Ainu before picking up Harukor . Honda decided to write a novel about the Ainu because nothing is definitely known about the way they lived in pre-history.
Very nice work of "fictive anthropology," I guess you could call it -- a speculative first-person tale about the life of an Ainu woman several hundred years ago, constructed from available evidence about such lives. (Read this as background for the TV show "Golden Kamuy", but it was enjoyable in its own right.)
Summary:This book was a very valuable resource for my research into Ainu culture. It's well referenced, has a range of photos and illustrations and teaches a lot of Ainu words. The book is split into a few parts, with the first providing a historical explanation of Ainu and their culture and the other part is a fictional story the author wrote based on a particular Ainu person's life. The story is used as a medium to express and demonstrate a lot of different concepts in Ainu culture and is real...
very interesting read. Katsuichi did an amazing job providing details of the life of an ainu in an easy to swallow story format. It was presented in such a way that I almost felt like someone was telling me a real life "yukar". definitely worth picking up if you're interested in japanese culture of any sort.
Interested in Japanese culture? This is a great book about a fictional character who is part of the indigenous people of Japan known as Ainu. It is very long, but worth the read since there aren't many books of this kind.