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Ninja scaling a wall

"Ninja" Thief Scales Walls to Commit Robberies in Osaka

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 28, 2019 • Tagged with essay, culture, society

An Osaka man who used his newfound powers for evil has been arrested by local police for a series of daring - and impressive - robberies.

Japanese delegation arrives to sign Japan's declaration of surrender.

Resistance and Acceptance in the Allied Occupation of Japan

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  January 28, 2019 • Tagged with history, culture, society

How the Allied Occupation plunged Japan into a national Five Stages of Grief - and how it permanently changed Japanese society and government.

A monk in robes

Ticket for Monk Driving in Robes is Tossed, But Legal Issues Linger

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 27, 2019 • Tagged with culture, law, religion, twitter

A monk who sparked an online rebellion gets his fine thrown out - but the issue of whether monks are legally allowed to drive in robes is far from resolved.

Ultraman the office worker?

Illegal Hero? China's Legally Dubious Ultraman Movies Rile Japanese Fans

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 23, 2019 • Tagged with entertainment, movies, culture, china, ultraman

A Chinese production company continues releasing Ultraman movies that Ultraman's Japanese producers say are illegal. Are they legitimate - or another Chinese "ripoff"?

Jay and Misaki enjoying a laugh

Unseen Japan Kaiwa: Idol Matters - The Yamaguchi Maho Incident, and Life as a Woman in Modern Japan

Video   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 22, 2019 • Tagged with video, youtube, idols, culture, misaki, yamaguchi maho, music

English language and American lifestyle YouTuber Misaki joins Unseen Japan to discuss the Yamaguchi Maho idol incident, how idol culture creates pressure for regular Japanese women, and why Misaki can't seem to spell "Yamaguchi Maho".

Woman sitting on counter

Singles Culture in Japan: Personal Freedom or Impending Disaster?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  January 10, 2019 • Tagged with culture, society, dating, life, sex, relationships

Why singles life in Japan tends to be less like The Bachelor and more like The 40 year Old Virgin.

Kaminari Gate (雷門) at Sensouji (浅草寺).

Hatsumōde: Japan's First Shrine Visit of the New Year

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  January 01, 2019 • Tagged with new years, holiday, culture, religion

How Japan's most popular New Years custom has changed over the centuries.

The History and Traditions of New Year's Celebrations in Japan

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  December 27, 2018 • Tagged with culture, celebration, holidays, new year

How the oldest celebrated holiday in Japan has changed throughout the years, and the traditions that have come along with it.

A house of yen in flames

Mottainai Culture: The History and Philosophy of Waste in Japan

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  December 20, 2018 • Tagged with culture, society, waste, environment

Though sometimes honored more in the breach than the observance, Japan's philosophy of "waste not, want not" strongly influences everyday culture.

Kimura Komako Marching in New York

Kimura Komako: The Dancing Feminist

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  December 18, 2018 • Tagged with women, feminism, history, culture, women of japan

Born in an era in Japan when women's rights were more oppressed than ever, Kimura Komako never gave up the fight - even when that meant taking the fight overseas.