Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Man firing arrow from a horse in a display of yabusame, the traditional form of Japanese horseback archery
Naomi Osaka during the Australia Open, where she became the first Japanese woman to become the number one ranked female player in the world.
Judo and ice cream

"Wild Beast" of Japan Women's Judo Retires to Sell Ice Cream

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 08, 2019 • Tagged with sports, culture, food

A judo champion leaves a room full of reporters in shock with her plans for the future.

The Olympic Torch

Is Japan Ready For The 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  November 14, 2018 • Tagged with sports, olympics, culture, finance, money, weather, technology, business

How is Japan preparing to handle not just the sudden influx of foreign visitors, but the excitement of hosting the biggest international event in the world?

頑張れ、日本!(Ganbare, Nippon!)

Let's Hail the Calm and Collected Sportsmanship of Osaka Naomi (大坂なおみ)

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  September 09, 2018 • Tagged with news, sports, culture

In the controversy surrounding the US Open match, let's focus on the positive and laud Osaka Naomi's talent, tact, and sportsmanship.

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.