Unseen Japan

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The epic tale of the return of the Japanese-Brazilians to Japan

Conflicted Homecoming: How the Japanese-Brazilians Returned to Japan

By Noah Oskow  ·  December 03, 2018 • Tagged with immigration, brazil, economic miracle, 1980s, 1990s, nikkei, dekasegi, economy

The epic tale of the 300,000 cousins the Japanese welcomed home from Brazil and insisted they needed - until they suddenly didn't.

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Hara Hachi Bunme: The Japanese Art of Eating

By Krystle Suzuki  ·  November 30, 2018

Why does Japan have some of the longest life spans in the world? Krys Suzuki explains how a simple rule of eating might be the key.

A saisenbako, or change collection box used at Shinto shrines.

QR Code of the Gods: Will Tech Save Religion in Japan?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  November 28, 2018 • Tagged with religion, faith, culture, shinto, buddhism, technology

From drone-riding Buddhas to monk rentals on Amazon, Japan's temples and shrines are finding unique ways to stay solvent during uncertain times.

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Why Do Adult Adoptions Abound in Japan's Business World?

By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  November 26, 2018 • Tagged with adoption, law, business, money, marriage, family

Why are almost 98% of adoptions in Japan of grown men? Alyssa Pearl Fusek looks at the interesting history behind adult adoption.

Yamamoto Yae

Yamamoto Yae: The Warrior Woman Who Never Stopped Serving

By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  November 21, 2018 • Tagged with samurai, warrior, war, history, bakumatsu, meiji era

From defending castles to outraging society, Yamamoto Yae never met a battle she didn't pick. Alyssa Fusek on one of Japan's most iconoclastic warrior-women.


The Best Japanese Food Porn on Instagram: A Hashtag Guide

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  November 16, 2018 • Tagged with food, drink, culture, sake, bento, noodles, ramen

You don't need to know Japanese to appreciate good food. Here are some of the hashtags that people use to post about the scrumptious stuff they're eating.

The Olympic Torch

Is Japan Ready For The 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

By Krystle Suzuki  ·  November 14, 2018 • Tagged with sports, olympics, culture, finance, money, weather, technology, business

How is Japan preparing to handle not just the sudden influx of foreign visitors, but the excitement of hosting the biggest international event in the world?

The epic tale of the Japanese who immigrated to Brazil

The Japanese Who Came to Call Brazil Home

By Noah Oskow  ·  November 13, 2018 • Tagged with history, immigration, brazil, japan, world war ii, meiji, nikkei

Why are there so many Brazilian-Japanese in Japan? The answer goes back to the Meiji era, and the government's need to get rid of its own citizens.