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Matsumoto - Ainu
Matsumoto - Ainu
Hope springs eternal technology

Hōheikyō Hot Spring

Deep contemplation on the action of formation of accretions at the thermal spring

I love the common indications - ‘house and lottery’

There were a few owls that encouraged me to deeply contemplate around the outside spring bath, particularly one with a cocked head. Also notable, was this one as I left, having one eye open and the other shut. No symbology there at all!

I’m only half asleep!
Entrance to the Hokkaido aboriginal culture promotion centre

Before we could go in to take a look at the symbols of Ainu culture, we had to walk past this fellow.

Now, pay attention in there!


First exhibit, a traditional garment - nothing to see in this right, riiiight??


Next - some “metallic plaques” attached to necklaces

Their just plaques OK!

Just look at this meaningless metallic plaque. These guys were so backward (maybe we can catch them up?)

Such a mystery, looks pretty though eh?

Battle style

Nothing to see on this sword scabbard base - why did they even bother?
Just a bunch of squiggly lines

As for these headbands - why would anyone want to go into battle with this fancy stuff across their forehead? Surely you would think they would want something that represented strength, power or be of spiritual significance - riiiight?

Traditional headband motifs

Food preparation

It would seam that even the equipment used to make the stuff that sustains you and keeps you strong and healthy had to have these meaningless carvings all over them.


The was no escape for the musician either from the obsession with this symbology.


The Ainu people were completely in touch with nature and had a deep understanding and respect for it, they could make everything from sustainable materials to live fulfilling lives.

Humane fish trap made as was pretty much everything else, from sustainable materials

We could learn a lot from study of lost ‘primitive’ ways of living.

NOTE: Discussion on Geo-polymers will move to Tuesday morning Japan time.

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