Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Jay Andrew Allen

I'm the publisher of Unseen Japan. I hold an N1 Certification in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and am married to a wonderful woman from Tokyo.

Sushi and sake

How Much for Great Sake? A New Tokyo Restaurant Lets You Decide

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 03, 2019 • Tagged with food, dining, restaurants, sake, drinking

A new sake bar is using a radical model to bring in customers - but there are a few catches.

Love locks in Enoshima

The Weight of Love: Why A Popular "Love Lock" Fence in Japan is Doomed

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  June 28, 2019 • Tagged with love, society, public safety

An expression of love and devotion in Japan has turned into a public menace. Learn why a popular "love lock" fence in the country is being torn down.

Yutabon (Nakamura Yutaka)

10-Year-Old School-Skipping "Revolutionary" Goes Viral in Japan

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  June 17, 2019 • Tagged with youtube, youtuber, society, school, education, parenting

An Okinawan boy's anti-school rant continues to rack up hits - and criticism of both the boy and his parents.

Woman sitting in filthy room

After High-Profile Killings, Japan's Hikikomori Fear Being Stigmatized

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  June 11, 2019 • Tagged with hikikomori, mental health, psychology, society, culture, aging population, elderly

Why two separate sets of killings have Japan's recluses fearing that what little space they have in society will be taken from them.

Man at the airport

Paternity Harassment? A Japanese Dad's Job Transfer Causes Online Furor

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  June 04, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, children, child rearing, population

A man who recently returned from parental leave has his life turned upside down by his company. Learn what happened when his wife spoke out about it on Twitter.

Incident on subway

Self-Defense for Japanese Women: Safety Pins or Cell Phones?

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 28, 2019 • Tagged with women, women's rights, society, crime, sexual assault

Over half of Japanese women say they've been victims of groping, leading to a rise in recommended - and in some cases, controversial - countermeasures.

Mom gives death stare to inconsiderate dillweed on a subway

Japan's Perennial Baby Stroller War

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 23, 2019 • Tagged with women, mothers, children, child care

Some moms don't regard Japan as a friendly place to raise kids - and attitudes towards baby strollers have become symbolic of their dissatisfaction.

The Woman Who Was Worked to Death

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 07, 2019 • Tagged with business, economy, health, work, suicide, mental health

Nine months after starting work at Japanese advertising firm Dentsu, Takahashi Matsuri leaped to her death. Her death sparked a series of reforms - but some say it's still not enough.

Woman holding pill

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

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.

Woman depressed at computer

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

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?