The Wider Image: Japan builds 'Ethnic Harmony' tribute to indigenous Ainu
Ainu artist Koji Yuki smokes a cigarette after building a makeshift altar for a memorial service for Ainu tribesmen defeated by a Japanese army in a fifteenth century battle in Kaminokuni, Hokkaido Prefecture, northern Japan, July 6, 2019. Scholars say the Ainu settled in Japan's northernmost island and across Sakhalin, Russia, by the 1300s. They hunted, fished, practiced an animist religion and spoke a language unrelated to any other. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "KYUNG-HOON AINU" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.