Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Alyssa Pearl Fusek

Alyssa Pearl Fusek is a freelance Japan and mental health content writer living in Chico, California with her partner and one cat. She graduated in 2015 from Willamette University with a B.A. in Japanese Studies and continues to improve her Japanese language skills. She is also a published poet and fiction writer. You can check out her freelance writing work at The Japanese Pearl.

Ecstatic dance of the pre-Meiji era.

Why Not? How Japan Danced Away Its Samurai Past

By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  November 05, 2018 • Tagged with history, culture, Meiji Japan, Edo Japan

How a weird, unexplained event in the capital of Edo kicked off a frenetic dance movement across Japan that brought the era of the samurai to a close.

Cats mingle with the residents of Aoshima.

Japan's Cat Islands: Threat or Menace?

By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  October 23, 2018 • Tagged with animals, cats, public health, society

Japan's cat islands may seem adorable, but Japan's cat epidemic threatens human health - and even the 202 Olympics. Writer Alyssa Pearl Fusek discusses the country's belated response to its cat epidemic.