Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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Bring Me To Life: How 2.5D Musicals Bring Anime and Manga to the Stage

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  May 06, 2019 • Tagged with anime, manga, entertainment, theater, technology, business

Many live-action manga and anime adaptations are received poorly. So how has musical theater captured the imagination of fans worldwide?

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In Japan, Birth Control is Largely Out of Women's Hands

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 02, 2019 • Tagged with feminism, equality, women's rights, health

Despite reports to the contrary, Japan is still having sex - but Japanese women have little control over the outcome.

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May Blues: Will Japan's Regularly Scheduled Depression Be Worse in 2019?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 30, 2019 • Tagged with psychology, mental health, economy, business, work

Will the Japanese workforce's annual battle with depression be even worse after a 10-day vacation?

Woman reaching through water. Kowai!!!

Momo: The Horror Hoax Appropriated from Japanese Legend

Essay   By Krys Suzuki Krys Suzuki  ·  April 29, 2019 • Tagged with social media, hoax, urban legend, society, art, yokai

How a sculpture based on a Japanese horror legend became the mascot for a creepy Internet story - and how the artist reacted when he found out about it.

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Unseen Japan Kaiwa 4: An Inconvenient Conbini

Video   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 27, 2019 • Tagged with economy, business, lifestyle, society

Why has the 24-7 Japanese convenience store suddenly become controversial? How critical are such stores to daily life in Japan? And why did Anthony Bourdain always head to a conbini when he landed in Japan?

Ikebukuro Shopping District (Ikebukuro Station East Gate)

Too Old to Drive? Mother/Daughter's Death in Ikebukuro Sparks Debate

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 26, 2019 • Tagged with accident, law, legal, depopulation, seniors, elderly

The death of a mom and her young daughter at the hands of an elderly driver has sparked anger and recrimination - at the driver, the press, and the law.

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Tourism Pollution in Japan Sparks Strife - and Bans

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  April 24, 2019 • Tagged with travel, tourism, economy

How can Japan reduce "tourism pollution" problems without reducing tourism? ? And how can travelers help reduce friction when visiting?

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A 10-Day Vacation: Behind Japan's Epic "Golden Week"

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  April 22, 2019 • Tagged with holidays, vacation, travel, work, economy, emperor

How did Japan's notoriously long yearly holiday get even longer? Inside the holidays that make up Golden Week.