Unseen Japan

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She may have become an overnight Internet sensation, but the director of the upcoming game Ghostwire: Tokyo brings a bevvy of experience - and a rich philosophy - to the games she creates.
Takarazuka Theater

The Takarazuka Revue: From Male Stereotype to Safe Haven

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  June 03, 2019 • Tagged with feminism, women, art, theater

How did a theatrical troupe with profoundly sexist and homophobic origins end up challenging gender stereotypes instead?

Incident on subway

Self-Defense for Japanese Women: Safety Pins or Cell Phones?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 28, 2019 • Tagged with women, women's rights, society, crime, sexual assault

Over half of Japanese women say they've been victims of groping, leading to a rise in recommended - and in some cases, controversial - countermeasures.

Mom gives death stare to inconsiderate dillweed on a subway

Japan's Perennial Baby Stroller War

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 23, 2019 • Tagged with women, mothers, children, child care

Some moms don't regard Japan as a friendly place to raise kids - and attitudes towards baby strollers have become symbolic of their dissatisfaction.

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Is Time Running Out for Japan's Idol Culture?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 29, 2019 • Tagged with music, entertainment, idols, women, women's rights, feminism

A high profile abuse case has the Japanese press saying to idol groups: Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

Gyaru girl in Tokyo

Gyaru and Ganguro: The Upper-Class Fashion Rebellion of 90s Japan

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  March 13, 2019 • Tagged with culture, fashion, women

How a rebellion by rich girls against their own status became a rollicking fashion phenomenon.

Sign posts of smart phone game characters in Akihabara, Japan

Not So Kawaii: How Japan's "Culture of Cute" Traps Japanese Women

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  March 11, 2019 • Tagged with equality, feminism, women, women's rights

It rakes in trillions for Japan, but is kawaii culture forcing Japanese women into a no-win situation?

Hiratsuka Raicho

Woman Was The Sun: The Life of Japanese Feminist Hiratsuka Raicho

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  March 06, 2019 • Tagged with history, feminism, women, women of japan

From her scandalous love life to her campaign to have men with STDs barred from marriage, Hiratsuka Raicho was like nothing Japan had ever seen.

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#KuToo: A Revolt Against High Heels in the Japanese Workplace

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 01, 2019 • Tagged with equality, feminism, women's rights, metoojapan, women

A model deploys a clever play on words to make the case against compulsory heels. Learn why her campaign is resonating with Japanese women.