Unseen Japan

is creating translations of culture, humor and history for Japan lovers

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Tokugawa Ieyasu

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  • Member Exclusive Content! Each week, we come out with an interesting piece based on current Japanese news and culture just for our members. You'll also get access to our growing archive of exclusive essays!
  • Exclusive one-week preview access to our public essays! Read our long-form free content before anyone else, and get the opportunity to make comments and leave feedback before publication. If you make a positive contribution, we'll call you out at the bottom of the article (and even link to a Web site of your choice!).  
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Murasaki Shikibu

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Benefits include the Tokugawa Ieyasu benefits, PLUS:

  • Discord Server Special Access! Get access to special Patron-only channels. Have a question about Japan or our content? Get a guaranteed answer from our staff!
  • Three Free Unseen Japan Stickers! Get stickers emboldened with our fantastic logo designed by artist Geri Coady!
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  • Early Access
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Akutagawa Ryunosuke

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Benefits include benefits of all of the previous tiers, plus: 

  • UJ Special Edition! Get access to in-depth interviews, reports, and articles written exclusively for our $5 and up Patrons. As we turn these articles into e-books, you'll also get the e-books for free!
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  • discord server access
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  • E-Books




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About Unseen Japan

From the Silly to the Serious - A One-Stop Source for True Japan Fans

Do you love Japan? So do we! At Unseen Japan, we're dedicated to bringing you news, tweets, and videos about life in everyday Japan - from the silly to the serious. 

Want to learn more? Check out some of our best content from our site's About page

Why Support Unseen Japan Financially? 

We know it's frustrating to get online and feel like everyone's asking you for money. But in a day and age of increasing corporate control of the media, crowd-sourcing of independent voices is critical. By supporting us, you'll help us fulfill the following important goals: 

  • Translate more Japanese news and opinion content into English. We want to become a major outlet for people in Japan that you may never otherwise hear in English. 
  • Pay our writers, translators, and artists fairly. We want to have some of the best people in Japanese translation and academic Japan Studies writing content for us - and we want to ensure they're rewarded appropriately for their efforts. The more people who contribute, the more we'll be able to compensate our writers for their efforts. Your patronage helps us create an economy of scale for people who have made Japan their passion and profession. 

Additionally, your UJ patronage includes key benefits at every subscription tier, including:

  • Exclusive content. Every month, we publish two of our essays exclusively for Patreon subscribers. We will also publish book chapters and other exclusive content to anyone who becomes a Patron at the $1/month or higher level.
  • Early access to public essays. Read our public essay content before anyone else - and get cited if we use a correction you supply us.
  • Stickers, chat sessions, snack boxes, and custom essays. Higher-level subscribers ($3/month and up) get a host of other goodies at every tier.

Your donation of even $1/month helps offset our costs, pay our staff of writers what they're worth, and grow the depth and variety of content we can offer you.

We thank you for your support!
$752.80 of $1,000 per month
This goal will enable us to cover our core operating costs, which include paying for two essays/week, at least one news piece a week, and our costs for our stock photo services. 
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