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Gyaru girl in Tokyo
My precious manga
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#KuToo: A Revolt Against High Heels in the Japanese Workplace

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 01, 2019 • Tagged with feminism, women's rights, metoojapan, women, society, culture

A model deploys a clever play on words to make the case against compulsory heels. Learn why her campaign is resonating with Japanese women.

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.

Father lecturing son

Hikikomori: Is There a Path Forward for Japan's Social Recluses?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  February 04, 2019 • Tagged with mental health, psychology, society, culture

Why does Japan drive some to remain secluded their entire lives? A look at Japan's "shut-ins" - and how professionals and volunteers are trying to help re-integrate them back into society.

Go board

9-Year-Old Japanese Go Player Will Become Country's Youngest Pro Ever

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 31, 2019 • Tagged with games, entertainment, culture, south korea

A young girl who can't even turn pro until April is already giving some of the world's top Go players a run for their money.