Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Red Square, Moscow.
Dude getting a tattoo
A group of cosplayers in Harajuku.

Where Have Japan's Fashion Subcultures Gone?

Essay   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.

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?

Man firing arrow from a horse in a display of yabusame, the traditional form of Japanese horseback archery

Yabusame: The Art and Ritual of Japanese Horseback Archery

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  February 21, 2019 • Tagged with archery, sports, history, tradition, culture

Ancient. Colorful. Hard as hell. Learn how the samurai's "way of the bow and horse" evolved into a beautiful art form.

Girl being bullied

Is Japan's Bullying Problem Overblown?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 21, 2019 • Tagged with bullying, law, crime, society, culture, psychology

Japan has gained a reputation in the West for being a nation of bullies. But do the facts back that up?

Naomi Osaka during the Australia Open, where she became the first Japanese woman to become the number one ranked female player in the world.

Million Dollar Expat: Naomi Osaka's Citizenship Dilemma

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 19, 2019 • Tagged with Naomi Osaka, tennis, sports, citizenship, nationality, law, culture

Naomi Osaka has to make a choice soon about her Japanese citizenship - and it could cost her millions.

Judo and ice cream

"Wild Beast" of Japan Women's Judo Retires to Sell Ice Cream

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 08, 2019 • Tagged with sports, culture, food

A judo champion leaves a room full of reporters in shock with her plans for the future.

Salaryman drunk at bar

Why Are Japanese Men Not Going Home After Work?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 05, 2019 • Tagged with world, culture, feminism, women's rights

As Japanese wives demand more participation from their husbands in home life, some husbands are responding by simply not going home.