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.
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!