In this engaging tale, Honda Katsuichi reconstructs the life of an Ainu woman living on the northern island of Japan over five hundred years ago. Harukor's story, created from surviving oral accounts of Ainu life and culture as well as extensive scholarly research, is set in the centuries before the mainland Japanese nearly destroyed the way of life depicted here. In the fIn this engaging tale, Honda Katsuichi reconstructs the life of an Ainu woman living on the northern island of Japan over five hundred years ago. Harukor's story, created from surviving oral accounts of Ainu life and culture as well as extensive scholarly research, is set in the centuries before the mainland Japanese nearly destroyed the way of life depicted here. In the first person, the fictional Harukor tells us of her childhood, her adolescence, and her motherhood, drawing on tales and songs performed by her grandmother and other bards. She describes festivals, weddings, childbirth and midwifery, traditional healing methods, battles, and funerals in detail. Her story is followed by the adventures of her oldest son, Pasekur, which end by foreshadowing an early Ainu rebellion against Japanese encroachment. Amply illustrated and prefaced by an extensive introduction to Ainu history, the natural surroundings, and the sources used to construct Harukor and her world, this volume is a unique portrait of Ainu gods and humans, of matters sacred and mundane, and of the distinctive Ainu respect for nature's bounty....
|Title||:||Harukor: An Ainu Woman's Tale|
|Number of Pages||:||350 Pages|
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Harukor: An Ainu Woman's Tale Reviews
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. The Ainu are the original inhabitants of Japan. It didn't surprise me that their history is very similar to that of Native Americans. I wondered if they are related to any North American peoples. The religion of the Ainu is animistic. Everything has a spirit. This includes objects. I enjoyed a story that is told in the novel dealing with the dancing spirit of a cooking pot. Yet another story in which six men are beheaded simultaneously by one sword was very much over the top for me. The ending of Harukor segues into their recorded history. It begins the tale of the conflict-ridden relationship between the Ainu and the Japanese. Honda says that he meant to finish it, but I didn't find any other books by him about the Ainu in English. Perhaps there is another that is still untranslated.I did learn something about the Ainu from Harukor ,but I suspect that this is just the beginning of my research into their history and culture.For my complete review see http://www.maskedpersona.blogspot.com
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.