Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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Gyaru girl in Tokyo
Sign posts of smart phone game characters in Akihabara, Japan
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.

Picture of pumps/high heels

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

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

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

Girl shoving chocolate in dude's face

Is Valentine’s Day in Japan a Male Power Trip?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  February 11, 2019 • Tagged with love, society, holidays, feminism, women

Why is a popular Japanese chocolate-giving tradition once rooted in gratitude and appreciation now being called out as a form of power harassment?

Kimura Komako Marching in New York

Kimura Komako: The Dancing Feminist

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  December 18, 2018 • Tagged with women, feminism, history, culture, women of japan

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.

Murasaki Shikibu, author of Genji Monogatari

Murasaki Shikibu: The First Lady of Japanese Literature

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  November 08, 2018 • Tagged with fiction, literature, history, Heian era, feminism, women, whos who

How a grieving widow came to write two classics of world literature: a sprawling novel, and an 11th-century Twitter account.

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Why a Virtual YouTuber Has Some Japanese Women Railing Against Anime Culture

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  October 23, 2018 • Tagged with feminism, women's rights, culture, anime, manga, women

Is anime "The New Orientalism"? A Twitter controversy over a virtual YouTuber has Japanese women questioning how the media depicts them both at home and abroad.