Unseen Japan

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Nissan Wants an Avatar in Every Car by 2025

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 19, 2019 • Tagged with technology, business, economy

Will people be projecting themselves into your car in six years? Engineers at Nissan are betting yes.

Entrance to the Ainu Museum in Shiroai, Hokkaido

Why Japan's Ainu Recognition Bill Upsets the Ainu

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  March 18, 2019 • Tagged with ainu, hokkdaio, indigenous, history, law

After all these years, the Japanese government officially recognized the Ainu. Here's why the Ainu can't take them seriously.

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For Japan's Busted Drug Users, Shame Trumps Treatment

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 15, 2019 • Tagged with law, crime, society, entertainment

The Japanese actor who voices Olaf in Frozen is viciously shunned after a cocaine bust, leading some to criticize their country's attitude towards rehab.

Photo of AirBnB ad in Japanese subway

Is AirBnB Japan Back From the Dead?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 14, 2019 • Tagged with travel, business, economy, money, technology

The popular service took a nosedive after a new law passed last year. Listings have returned - but should travelers be concerned?

Gyaru girl in Tokyo

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

Essay   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.

My precious manga

Manga Protection Law To Be Revised After Manga Author Backlash

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 12, 2019 • Tagged with manga, anime, culture, entertainment, law

Why are manga authors hopping mad over a proposed new law that supposedly protects their rights?

Sign posts of smart phone game characters in Akihabara, Japan

Not So Kawaii: How Japan's "Culture of Cute" Traps Japanese Women

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  March 11, 2019 • Tagged with feminism, women, women's rights

It rakes in trillions for Japan, but is kawaii culture forcing Japanese women into a no-win situation?

Hot spring (onsen) in Japan

Defying Taboo, Japan's "Hot Springs Prefecture" Welcomes Tattooed Tourists

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 07, 2019 • Tagged with travel, hot springs, onsen, tourism

A prefecture in Japan tackles a longstanding aversion to tattoos in a bid to put tourists at ease.