Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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For Japan's Busted Drug Users, Shame Trumps Treatment

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 15, 2019 • Tagged with law, crime, society, entertainment

The Japanese actor who voices Olaf in Frozen is viciously shunned after a cocaine bust, leading some to criticize their country's attitude towards rehab.

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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?

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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.

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Taking Laughter Seriously: A History of Japanese Comedy

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  January 25, 2019 • Tagged with comedy, arts, entertainment, tv, movies

How comedy and the concept of laughter in Japan evolved from seriousness to silliness.

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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"?

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How Netflix's MANIAC Makes (Some) Strides Melding Cultures

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  October 02, 2018 • Tagged with news, entertainment, movies, tv

Netflix's Maniac, directed by Japanese-American auteur Cary Joji Fukunaga, melds Japanese and American cultures convincingly. But in other ways, the series still shows how far Hollywood has to go.

Retiring Amuro Namie to Japanese Press: Back Off My Family

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 13, 2018 • Tagged with news, entertainment, music

The retirement of Amuro Namie has given us proof that, no matter how "polite" your culture is, the press are pretty much a-holes everywhere.

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Remembering Sakura Momoko: The Very Japanese Life of the Creator of "Chibi Maruko-chan"

News   By Emma Ford  ·  September 12, 2018 • Tagged with news, people, manga, entertainment

The life of the legendary cartoonist and essayist Sakura Momoko was one of juxtaposition between traditional and modern Japan. A look back at the creator of Chibi Maruko-chan.