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.
A brilliant author. A tragic trajectory. A powerful legacy. Learn more about the writer whose works inspired one of Kurosawa's most famous films.
From defending castles to outraging society, Yamamoto Yae never met a battle she didn't pick. Alyssa Fusek on one of Japan's most iconoclastic warrior-women.
Why are there so many Brazilian-Japanese in Japan? The answer goes back to the Meiji era, and the government's need to get rid of its own citizens.
How a grieving widow came to write two classics of world literature: a sprawling novel, and an 11th-century Twitter account.
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.