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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.

Businessmen shaking hands

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.

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.