Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Murasaki Shikibu, author of Genji Monogatari
Ecstatic dance of the pre-Meiji era.
He ended a century-long war and brought about 264 years of peace. So why does no one in Japan like Tokugawa Ieyasu? In this first of five articles in Unseen Japan's Banner Series, I discuss his legacy - and his deep unpopularity.

Tokugawa Ieyasu: The Hero That Everyone in Japan Hates

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  October 22, 2018 • Tagged with history, site news, warring states period, samurai, shogun

He ended a century-long war and brought about 264 years of peace. So why does no one in Japan like Tokugawa Ieyasu? In this first of five articles in Unseen Japan's Banner Series, I discuss his legacy - and his deep unpopularity.

Kasamori Osen, in a classic Japanese pin-up shot.

Kasamori Osen: The Idol Star of Edo Japan

By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  July 05, 2018 • Tagged with essay, history, people, Edo era

before AKB48, there was Kasamori Osen, the original idol star of Edo Japan.