Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Krys Suzuki

Krys is a Japanese-fluent, English native currently based in the US. A former Tokyo English teacher and translator for several Japanese companies, Krys now works full time as a freelance artist, writer and translator with a focus on subjects related to Japanese language and culture.

2.5D upcoming musical productions

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

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?

Woman reaching through water. Kowai!!!

Momo: The Horror Hoax Appropriated from Japanese Legend

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.

People walking through the Shibuya scramble

Tourism Pollution in Japan Sparks Strife - and Bans

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?

Almond Fish

More Than Pocky: The Wide World of Japanese Snacks

By Krys Suzuki  ·  April 17, 2019 • Tagged with food, sweets, candy, kit kat, wagashi

From deep-fried rolls to almond fish, Japanese snacking runs a fascinating (and delicious) gamut.

Marie Kondo

Does The KonMari Method Spark Joy in Japan?

By Krys Suzuki  ·  April 10, 2019

Does Kondo Marie's approach (and success) spark as much joy in her own home country of Japan? The answer may surprise you.

A group of cosplayers in Harajuku.

Where Have Japan's Fashion Subcultures Gone?

By Krys Suzuki  ·  March 27, 2019 • Tagged with fashion, culture, harajuku, internet

Why have wild fashion subcultures largely disappeared from Tokyo's streets? Blame Uniqlo and the Internet.

Drowning in a Sea of Trees: Understanding Aokigahara, Japan's "Suicide Forest"

By Krys Suzuki  ·  March 21, 2019 • Tagged with society, psychology, health, mental health, travel

Why has Aokigahara, a forest full of legend and history, gained notoriety as a haven of death? (TRIGGER WARNING: Sensitive material)

Gyaru girl in Tokyo

Gyaru and Ganguro: The Upper-Class Fashion Rebellion of 90s Japan

By Krys Suzuki  ·  March 13, 2019 • Tagged with culture, fashion, women

How a rebellion by rich girls against their own status became a rollicking fashion phenomenon.

Hiratsuka Raicho

Woman Was The Sun: The Life of Japanese Feminist Hiratsuka Raicho

By Krys Suzuki  ·  March 06, 2019 • Tagged with history, feminism, women, women of japan

From her scandalous love life to her campaign to have men with STDs barred from marriage, Hiratsuka Raicho was like nothing Japan had ever seen.

Okinawan Cuisine: Not Your Typical Japanese Food

By Krys Suzuki  ·  February 18, 2019 • Tagged with food, cuisine, lifestyle, okinawa

Sushi? Yakitori? That's so mainland. Learn about Okinawa's own unique style of food.