Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Write for Us - Unseen Japan

If you resonate with Unseen Japan's mission of introducing the English speaking world to modern and historical Japan, we'd love you to write for us! UJ pays for high-quality, approved submissions. (Reciprocal link relationships are also available for authors with their own Web sites.)

UJ primarily publishes from writers who know Japanese to an upper intermediate/advanced level (Japanese Language Proficiency Test N2 or better), and who are comfortable translating selected passages from original Japanese sources. This does NOT mean you need to be a professional translator - dabblers are welcome! We will occasionally make an exception to this rule for writers with unique, first-hand experience of Japan with compelling article pitches.

News Writers

We are also occasionally looking for writers of short news articles

Submitting an Idea

First, check out our style guide to get a sense of what we're looking for, and for length and voice requirements.

When you're ready to pitch, use our Contact Form to send us a message with the following information:

  • Your name and e-mail Address
  • Your background (writing experience, Japanese language level including any professional degrees or certifications)
  • Your idea (What do you want to write about? How does it fit Unseen Japan's mission?)
  • Links to one or more writing examples

We look forward to working with you!