The oldest surviving portraits of Japanese people are haniwa statues erected around tombs some 1,500 years ago. Especially in the shape of the eyes, the statues clearly depict East Asians, like Japanese or Koreans today. DJ lose your mind find your soul poster. They were nothing like the bearded Ainu. That means if the Japanese indeed took Ainu land over the entire Japanese territory south of Hokkaido, it must have happened before 500 C.E. After the Japanese established prostitutes on the island of Hokkaido in 1615, they came to treat the Ainu as much as the white Americans treated the indigenous Indians.