Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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Almond Fish

More Than Pocky: The Wide World of Japanese Snacks

Essay   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.

Japan's Olympics Minister: From Faux Pas to Fired in Two Hours Flat

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 16, 2019 • Tagged with politics, olympics

He was vilified worldwide as the cybersecurity chief who didn't use a computer. But Sakurada Yoshitaka's gaffes didn't stop there...

MUJI store in Portland, Oregon

MUJI: Is Japan's "Brand-less" Brand Taking Over the World?

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 12, 2019 • Tagged with business, economics, stores, travel, tourism

With stores popping up globally, copycats abounding in China, and even a hotel in Ginza, MUJI is on a roll. What's the secret of its success?

Marie Kondo

Does The KonMari Method Spark Joy in Japan?

Essay   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.

Dude getting a tattoo

Unseen Japan Kaiwa 3: Tattoo Blues - Japan's Tattoo/Tourist Problem

Video   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 09, 2019 • Tagged with tattoos, tourism, travel, culture, hot springs

How deeply ingrained are cultural attitudes against tattoos in Japan? We sat down again with YouTuber Misaki to talk about her experiences in Japan - and how her thinking shifted after moving to America.

Gavel within a maze

"Rape Paradise": Father's Absolution in Rape of 12-Year-Old Daughter Sparks Backlash

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 08, 2019 • Tagged with crime, feminism, women's rights, children

Critics in Japan are calling out their country's judicial system after a series of rape cases are thrown out - and one case in particular has advocates in an uproar.

Asahi Shinbun newspaper declaring the new era name

There's Something About Reiwa: The Frenzy Over Japan's New Era

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 04, 2019 • Tagged with emperor, imperial era, heisei, government, politics, imperial family, reiwa

Chosen under intense secrecy, it's sparked a 10-day holiday, a new song, and even a minor crime wave. The meaning behind Japan's new era name, and how people in Japan are responding.

Japanese lighthouse on Sakhalin (a.k.k. Karafuto)

Karafuto: Japan's Lost Prefecture

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  April 03, 2019 • Tagged with history, hokkaido, sakhalin, russia, meiji, russo-japanese war, WWII, indigenous, ainu

The story of how, for a brief period of time, an island controlled by Russia became an official part of Japan.