It is our great honour to step into the ethnographical field and present to you a first-ever contemporary interpretation of ainu-e by Yoh Nagao. The Ainu is aboriginal people who once inhabited Hokkaido, the northern part of Japan, Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands. Their culture and traditions differ completely from those of the people who live on the mainland of Japan.
Today, Japanese scientists are searching for the cultural monuments of the Ainu culture all over the world and successfully further the research in their field. But while they study the material culture and traditions of the people, as well as their history, origin and language, the Ainu are still not studied at a sufficient level. It is no coincidence that the Ainu have been considered one of the most unknown people on the planet.