Unseen Japan

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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.

Ecstatic dance of the pre-Meiji era.

Why Not? How Japan Danced Away Its Samurai Past

By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  November 05, 2018 • Tagged with history, culture, Meiji Japan, Edo Japan

How a weird, unexplained event in the capital of Edo kicked off a frenetic dance movement across Japan that brought the era of the samurai to a close.

Next time you go to Japan, make sure to enjoy these Western-style dishes delivered with a Japanese twist. (Picture: ささざわ / PIXTA(ピクスタ))

The 5 Best "Western" Foods (Yoshoku) You Should Eat While in Japan

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  November 01, 2018 • Tagged with food, drinking, culture, yoshoku

Next time you go to Japan, make sure to enjoy these Western-style dishes delivered with a Japanese twist.

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.

Japanese and Russian Cooperation

Akira Kurosawa and the Kremlin - Part 2: Saved by the Soviets

By Noah Oskow  ·  October 26, 2018 • Tagged with film, movies, akira kurosawa, Russia, culture

Akira Kurosawa once said, "Take me, subtract movies, and you get zero." At a time when he felt he had nothing, it was up to a Soviet production company to put the movie back in the maestro.

Red Square, Moscow.

Akira Kurosawa and the Kremlin - Part 1: Rise and Fall

By Noah Oskow  ·  October 25, 2018 • Tagged with film, movies, akira kurosawa, Russia, culture

Japanese film maestro Akira Kurosawa's enduring love of Russian literature may have saved his life when the Soviet Union stepped in to save his career. In Part 1 of this story, Noah Oskow reviews the auteur's highs and lows.

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Why a Virtual YouTuber Has Some Japanese Women Railing Against Anime Culture

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  October 23, 2018 • Tagged with feminism, women's rights, culture, anime, manga, women

Is anime "The New Orientalism"? A Twitter controversy over a virtual YouTuber has Japanese women questioning how the media depicts them both at home and abroad.

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.