Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Krystle Suzuki

Krys is a US based artist, writer, and translator who has spent most of her life immersed in Japanese culture. She now uses her knowledge and experiences to write engaging and informative articles for those who want to learn more about this unique beloved country.

Women dressed for a Coming of Age (成人の日) ceremony

How "Coming of Age" Lives Side by Side with "Happy Birthday" in Japan

By Krystle Suzuki  ·  November 09, 2018 • Tagged with birthdays, celebrations, holidays, culture

Why are people's 20th and 66th birthdays considered special in Japan? Krys Suzuki looks at how traditional age milestones are still preserved in modern culture.

Awkward English only conversation

Why Does Japan Struggle With English?

By Krystle Suzuki  ·  October 31, 2018 • Tagged with language, English, Japanese, society, culture, communication, education

A city park employee managed to lose a quarter million dollars because he couldn't speak English. Krys Suzuki, a former English teacher in Japan, says that's not uncommon, and discusses why Japan still struggles with the language.

Grand Executive Room in the Hotel Grassino and Urban Resort, Shinjuku, Tokyo.

The Evolution of Japan's Love Hotels

By Krystle Suzuki  ·  October 18, 2018 • Tagged with romance, relationships, society, culture, business

Why do love hotels exist in Japan? And how have they evolved to change with the times? Krystle Suzuki examines the 400-year history of this cultural phenomenon.