Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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You Don't Know Gunma Yet

You Don't Know Gunma! Series Pokes Fun at "The New Jersey of Japan"

News   By Emma Ford  ·  August 15, 2018 • Tagged with news, entertainment, anime, manga

A comic book about the quirks of "the prefecture that time forgot" received a movie version last year, and is now airing as an anime.

Japanese poster for Soshite, Chichi ni naru (Like Father, Like Son).

Watch Palmes d'Or-Winning Director Kore-eda Hirokazu's Previous Hit on Amazon

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  August 01, 2018 • Tagged with news, media, entertainment, movies

Japanese hit director Kore-eda Hirokazu's latest isn't scheduled for US release until later this year, but you can see some of his previous stellar work now from the comfort of your own home.

Iijima Ai, from the cover of her CD.

Platonic Sex: The Wild Ride of Japanese Porn Star Iijima Ai

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 30, 2018 • Tagged with entertainment, people

Middle school dropout. Troublemaker. Hostess. Porn star. Author. Media darling. The wild journey of Japan's Iijima Ai.

A ninja takes money like a...ummm, ninja.

News Japan: No, The City of Iga Does Not Have a Ninja Shortage

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 26, 2018 • Tagged with news, entertainment, culture

How an NPR Fake News story forced one Japanese city to clarify its ninja hiring policy.

For $30 a month, this could all be yours...

News Japan: $30/Month for Unlimited Booze? Restaurants Find Success with Subscriptions

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 12, 2018 • Tagged with news, food, drink, entertainment

Would you pay $700 for a monthly steak subscription? Or $30/mo. for all you can drink at the local restaurant? Such programs are being more and more popular in Japan as businesses look for new ways to build loyalty.

Player Miyagawa Taisuke bows in apology at a press conference.

The Brave Football Player vs. The Cowardly University

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 24, 2018 • Tagged with news, sports, entertainment

A Japanese football player was caught on camera tackling an opponent well after end of play. What happened next showcased this young man's moral fortitude - and the moral bankruptcy of the adults who were supposed to protect him.