Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Carp streamers at Tokyo Tower commemorating Children's Day
Girl shoving chocolate in dude's face

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.

How Japan Re-Branded Christmas

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  December 11, 2018 • Tagged with holidays, christmas, new years, celebrations, events, culture, religion

How did a non-Christian nation make a holiday rooted in Christian tradition its own?

Women dressed for a Coming of Age (成人の日) ceremony

How "Coming of Age" Lives Side by Side with "Happy Birthday" in Japan

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  November 09, 2018 • Tagged with birthdays, celebrations, holidays, culture

Why are people's 20th and 66th birthdays considered special in Japan? Krys Suzuki looks at how traditional age milestones are still preserved in modern culture.

Tsukimi poster

Tsukimi (月見), The Season of Moon Viewing, Begins on September 24th

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 20, 2018 • Tagged with essay, holidays, culture

Tsukimi, the season of moon viewing, starts next week in Japan. Learn more about this day's origins, how to make Tsukimi Dumplings, and why the rabbit in the moon is pounding a rice cake.

Two old people getting the respect they deserve.

What is Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日)?

News   By Emma Ford  ·  September 14, 2018 • Tagged with news, holidays, culture

What is Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日)? And why do those lucky suckers in Japan get a day off for it?! Emma Ford provides an overview of next week's holiday, including its origins and related cultural myths.