Who were the First Japanese? | History of Japan 2

Who were the First Japanese? | History of Japan 2


The very first people in Japan likely
arrived in 35,000 BC from Sakhalin. There was an ice age at the time so they
probably travelled across a land bridge that existed between Sakhalin and Hokkaido Now just because they were the first
people, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they were the ancestors of the modern Japanese. They could be, or it could be that they arrived, survived for a while, and
then just died off…like Brendan Fraser’s career. Oh Brendan. The ancestors of the modern Japanese
came from two waves of migration. Migration One brought people
who came to be known as the Jomon Migration Two brought the Yayoi. We’ll talk about these people later. We’re still unsure about who made up Migration One. There are two competing theories One theory, based on genetic evidence, claims
that the very first people who came over from Sakhalin in 35,000 BC were indeed
the ancestors of the Japanese. Researchers found that their genes are similar to
the genes of modern Japanese people. A second theory holds
that it was actually a migration from Taiwan and Southeast Asia. People were already living in Okinawa around 30,000 BC. The migrants came over by boat from
Okinawa to Kyushu at around 10,000 BC when the earth was just coming out of
the previous Ice Age. This second theory is based on teeth shape. Did you know that Asians have two patterns of teeth? People from China to North East Asia, the
backside of their upper four front teeth have depressions. They’re shaped like
shovels. They’re also not aligned with the rest of the upper teeth. This teeth pattern is called Sinodonty, but we’ll just call it shovel teeth. People from Southeast Asia and Taiwan to the Philippines and Indonesia have smoother
front teeth that are aligned with the others. This is called Sundadonty, we’ll
call it non shovel teeth. Today, most Japanese have shovel teeth, but in Hokkaido they have non shovel teeth. So the theory posits that a migration must have come from Southeast Asia to Taiwan, the Ryukyu
Islands, and finally to Kyushu at around 10,000 BC. This theory is compelling
because we know that people in Japan after this time had non shovel teeth, and
then there must have been a second migration of shovel teethers who were
more successful, probably because they ate all of the non shovel teethers. No that didn’t happen. The people from the second migration must
have then spread over most of Japan. That’s another reason why this theory is strong,
because we do have a lot of evidence for this second migration. Most researchers agree that
Migration Two happened at around 500 BC. People crossed the waters from Korea to
Kyushu. These were the Yayoi people. They brought with them the practice of rice
farming and quickly became the dominant population in Japan. We’ll discuss these people in a later video. There is a lot of evidence for Migration Two, but
the most interesting I think is the Earwax Study. Yeah that stuff in your ears. There are two types of earwax: wet and dry. to To see which type you have,
stick a finger in your ear, then pull it out, then put it in your mouth. Mine’s wet. Your earwax type is
determined by your genes. About 85% of Japanese have dry earwax. 15% have wet earwax. In a great example of getting students involved in science, student
teams across 42 Japanese high schools carried out a study. Researchers gave the students nail samples
from people all across Japan. The students extracted the
DNA from the samples and isolated the genes responsible for earwax type. They then created a map of earwax types in Japan. Scientists already knew that the
Jomon people carried the genes for wet earwax, and the Yayoi carried the genes
for dry earwax. The student’s work showed that dry earwax is more
common in western Japan. This reinforced the theory that there was a Migration Two and helped
to show the path that the Yayoi took to spread across Japan. The Yayoi migrated from Korea or China
and then moved east and north replacing most of the Jomon. Again, I don’t want you to think that there were only two migrations into Japan. People were moving back and forth all the time in and out of Japan. It’s just that we believe the modern Japanese are mainly descendants of people from
these two migrations. Before around 10,500 BC is what scientists called
the Paleolithic Period of Japan, or the Stone Age to us stupid people. They were hunter-gatherers back in those days. They moved where the big-game animals were,
such as mammoths and bison. Archaeologists have dug up all kinds of stone tools
that they used. Spear heads, blades, pounding and grinding instruments. There was a huge population increase between 16,000 and 13,000 BC, probably because
the earth was coming out of the last ice age and temperatures rose. People switched to eating more plants, either because all the big-game animals were
dying out or PETA was just founded. This caused people to move less, resulting in
larger and larger settlements. After the Stone Age came the Jomon period,
which lasted from 10,500 BC to 300 BC. The word Jomon means “cord pattern” or
“rope pattern.” The pottery of Jomon people had these markings of twisted cords
which they made by carving patterns on sticks and pressing or rolling them onto
the clay. The patterns were simple at first, then became more elaborate over
time. We’ll talk about the Jomon in the next video, but here’s something
interesting about them. They were probably direct ancestors of Japan’s
indigenous people: the Ainu. You didn’t know Japan at natives, did you? There are not many of them.
Only 25,000 officially. They mostly live in Hokkaido. Until recently they had their own separate culture like Native Americans in the
United States. However, today they’ve mostly been absorbed into Japanese culture. The Ainu culture is AWESOME. They clearly look different from other
Japanese, they have wavy hair, lots of body hair, white skin color, and a
different eye shape. After a certain age, men didn’t shave, and contrary to most
Japanese men who have thin facial hair, the Ainu have thick full beards and
mustaches. Think dwarves from Lord of the Rings. Until recently, women had these prominent black tattoos on their face, hands, and forearms. These tattoos were started at a young age and more was added
as a woman grew up. They used a black soot from fireplaces for the black color. A young girl only had a small dot on her upper lip over time the tattoo grew until she
reached maturity. The tattoos were supposed to repel evil spirits and
ensure the woman’s place in the afterlife. They were also associated with marriage and childbirth. Having a completed face
tattoo is how you knew an Ainu woman has reached maturity and is ready for
marriage. The pain from being tattooed was supposed to help women prepare for
the pain of childbirth. This probably did not work very well. We all know now that
the best way to reduce the pain of childbirth is a few glasses of wine. The Ainu’s tattoo use also suggests that the Jomon people thousands of years ago also
had tattoos. Oh yeah, and the Ainu also had pet BEARS. Whaaat? Not lame-arse teddy bears, actual bears! The Ainu worshipped animals as gods and bears were the head
of the gods. They thought that gods came to Earth
in disguise as bears. They sacrificed and ate adult bears because the flesh and fur of the bear
was an offering from a god, and the sacrifice also allowed the god to return home. Bear cubs are treated differently. When they found a cub they brought it
home and took care of it. In some cases, cubs are treated even
better than human children. They were fed human food, people played with them. If the cub did not yet have the teeth to eat food, nursing mothers would breastfeed them. The cub would live like a prince up until it became two or
three years old, then they would be sacrified, to allow the God to return home. Let’s pick this up next time where we’ll talk about the JOMON.

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  1. Do you have wet or dry ear wax?

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  2. Wow. In Sweden our natives (samer) is the only people aloud to own Reindeers. And hearing that Ainu did have bears was little more awesome

  3. People from China travelled to Japan and Korea and settled there in ancient times. They mixed with the indigenous people and later on formed their own government and languages.

  4. According to United Nations Department of Social Affairs: to date on a daily average 3,304 Japanese have died in one day.

  5. Ugh. Nothing worse than an interesting topic presented with the support of shit science by a person who doesn't know what they're talking about.
    Leave out the "science" and just present the Wikipedia story through your fancy graphics.
    I am so disappointed by this 🙁

  6. Wow, I've gone through lots of explanations about who Japanese are, but earwax study is something different altogether

  7. 😱 Rin from anime Free! Has shovel teeth… That's why they look like Shark's!! Well, you discover something new everyday 🙂

  8. (7:47) Down it, down it, down it! Haha But seriously, very interesting. I look forward to binge watching these videos later! Have a nice day!

  9. Have you read "clan of the cave bear" sounds very similar to the Ainu people… right down to taking in a bear cub, raising it, and killing to release it spirit… its a fiction book but researched and influence by a lot of ancient history… the people in the book were very hairy neanderthals… strange thing is the book took place near the beran sea… nowhere near Japan… the ainu people might be the last surviving neanderthals…very interesting…

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  11. like if u think that linfamy can be our Japanese teacher (or Chinese)

    or

    coment that he can be a folktale teacher

  12. Did you guys notice that he put a different finger inside of his ear then when he pulled it out a different one came out?

  13. I just want to add this.

    It is very very hard to find any accurate information on this subject.
    Japan is one of the most racist countries on earth, and they are extremely good at propaganda. Spend any time watching NHK world and you'll immediately find out what I'm talking about.

    Most of the books written in English are using japanese books as sources, and several of those books are written on order by the government. Some of the older books are straight up imperial propaganda that was taught in school up until the end of WW2.
    Even some of the early German and English books that came out at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century repeats these lies.

    There are several high-ranking political figures in japan who are pushing for the idea that japan is 100% unique and somehow not connected to the rest of the world. They honestly think that the japanese people evolved in japan and that all other races are some sort of degenerate inbreed.

    Many japanese people and scholars also believe that japan is a truly stand alone culture. In fact most elderly japanese people don't believe that the rest of the world has 4 seasons. They don't think USA or Russia has spring and autumn.

  14. There's the belief that the most prevalent ancestors all arrived to Japan were the people qin Shi huang tasked them to find the elixir of life or to return and be executed.

  15. … how do I have shovel teeth considering my ancestry (according to DNA) is 99% European, .9% Roma, and .01% Congolese? And I have wet wax in one ear and dry in the other?? I give up.

  16. Japan come from Asian ethnics, more from chinese (even there culture). People tent to thing how is Chinese, Chinese are sino-tibetans? but Chinese are more than people who speak mandarin, there is many other ethnics with other languages like cantonese, hakka, hokkien, etc. Ancient times Chinese don't even sound the same like today's China. Japan practice many cultural things Chinese no longer practice it. Ancient times westerns have made a simple geographic thinking of china is South East kigndoms(or whatever you want to call it). By political hate or whatever they don't want to accept the logical and rational thinking of been Chinese origin, many only want their of nationalistic narcisistic (or ignorant) way of thinking. Even if they put a scientific tests, they only will go pick their test subject from a minority, is to vast and mixed the people today and only a little group will be investigated because of human corporated limitations. Chinese origin is more possible because of the vast Asian human genoma in there. Even Vietnam and other countries are different Chinese kingdoms, because of fighting they got divorced becoming other countries. By logic the travel in the sea was to complicate, there will take more longer to get island countries like Philippines or others …. Why western always come with there supremasism depiction like Germany origin (like some kind of supreme arian race) , What happened to the Homosaphiens saphiens with darker skin, the fuck. I know the first human group will take to much time to travel one site to another, going fighting, separating, forming new cities , been only in one site per native leader , but that take many long time… And blah blah blah…. But when they got to China ancient territories, they becomes more Asian like people. Like how today's Asian countries have similarities in cultural aspect compared to other vast different Chinese ethnics. Many ethnics groups have died before in history before m even knowing about them, some have been erased from existence by destroying their history or been segregated. I hope you can understand, sorry for the bad English. Please reality is more than (in some way) what we believe or know, is based in many things…

  17. I believe Jomon people called themselves "Ainu". 🙂

    Some basic words between Japanese and Ainu language are from same Jomon language kami(kamuy) te(tek) hone(pone) etc. So it's conceivable present Ainu's basic words are also from Jomon. "Ainu" means human. It's absolutely basic word.

  18. 北海道にアイヌが千島列島や樺太から入ってきたのは10世紀以降です。北海道の先住民は誰と言われれば当然縄文人になるでしょうね。紀元前3000年頃の縄文遺跡が複数発見されていますから。
    北海道の場合、アイヌの前はオホーツク人と常に人は移動してくるものです。そして人の居ない土地で集落を築き、住み分けてきたのです。確実に言えることは縄文遺跡は北海道から沖縄まで日本全土で発見されており、その縄文人は消えたわけでは無く、縄文人にアイヌを含め他民族が混ざり今の日本人に至るのです。純血のアイヌは現在ほぼ居ないそうです。

    共産革命を起こしたい連中が北海道や沖縄で盛んに活動しているのはご存じですか?チュチェ思想という北朝鮮の金一族を崇拝する宗教や共産主義者が日本にはとても多いということは是非知っておいて下さい。常にこの連中に振り回されて困っていますので。

  19. アイヌは鎌倉時代に成立した新興民族だぞ

  20. There is a problem with the "ear wax" theory. It assumes that people retain the same considency on their ear wax trough their lives. Being well hydrated will cauise your ear wax to soften. While being dehydrated will cause your ear wax to become hard. Even being sick or healthy will cause a change in your earwax.

  21. Um fucking “Doom Patrol” Is the best show. #robotman Brendan Fraser is a national fucking treasure of every nation so have a nice day.

  22. 最初の20秒ですでに間違えてるんじゃないか、
    サハリンから人が来たのは2万5000年前。その前の3万5000年前、3万2000年前から台湾と朝鮮から人が渡ってきているよ。

    アイヌを原住民だったと言いたいのかな?怖い

  23. so what ur saying is that white ppl were colonising so early and so fast that they beat East Asians to a part of east Asia?

  24. So I'm from Osaka and my ear wax went from dry as fuck to wet as fuck as I aged, can somebody tell me what's going on

  25. This is amazing, I've always wondered if Japanese people are like original breeds. Because being a Filipino I identify myself as multi-cultural, from Indonesia, Chinese, spanish, african, you know…

  26. Wait. Am I the only one who noticed the extra long pause right after he mentioned pounding and grinding instruments? Pun?

  27. My mom told me that (dis is a myth) an emperor wanted to be 'immortal', so he sent a bunch of chinese people to get a immortal plant thing. They stayed in which is now Japan, and made a little community, they also asked for more people. Many years later… they returned with the plant. The emperor wasn't there at the time (probably cause he was doing his 'royal stuff') and the wife ate the plant. She became immortal and 'flew' to the moon, leaving here husband to die. So the wife became the 'moon goddess' which I call Sailor Moon!
    Remember, this is just a myth, we're not sure, so don't depend on us. UwU

    Stop

    You just wasted your time, well, I did.

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