UPRIZINE was founded in 2017, aiming to create conversation and raise awareness surrounding intersectional issues at Temple University Japan through opinion pieces, creative writing, and occasionally, informative journalism. It is run by students and for students, through the TUJ Zine Club. 

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April 11, 2019

Litz's opinion piece relating to the April 1st ICAS event co-hosted by Uprizine, "The Courage of Our Convictions: Young Female Activists in Japan Defying the Social Norm." You can find more information on the ev...

April 4, 2019

Artwork by Sarah Saucedo 

This piece was first published in Uprizine's Spring 2018 in-print edition.

Uprizine has always been a feminist magazine, but only in the beginning of 2018, did we decide to label it as on...

March 28, 2019

 Art by Emi Westside

“You can’t be a feminist if you do sex work,” is a phrase that most of my clients have told me time and time again. They tell me that even though it’s my body, at the end of the day, the men...

November 1, 2018

Welcome back to another annual low-down. This one is not about sexual health, but an equally important type of health--mental. If you’ve had prior counseling, psychiatry, therapy, medication, etc.--before coming...

October 21, 2018

My Tokyo life began in 2015 as a Freshman student at TUJ. After four years, I’m graduating and ready to escape from Japan. Don’t get me wrong, these four years in Japan were the highlight of my youth; I had a lo...

July 9, 2018

Image credit to Temple University Japan Campus, FURUHASHI architect & associates.  

Recently, TUJ’s ICAS held a joint seminar with Showa University titled “How Can Japan ‘Activate’ Women?” The keynote speake...

April 23, 2018

“Why did you unsend the message?”

“Am I moving too fast for you?”

“Did I make you uncomfortable? I’m confused”

“Please tell me why you’re mad at me”

“I’m sorry for my behavior… Could I hang out with you again?”


April 20, 2018

Kimura Kazue lives what she would characterize as an ordinary quiet life. Unmarried, without tertiary education, she lived with elderly mother until she herself suffered a stroke, making the combined burdens too...

April 13, 2018

International Women’s Day Essay

-A late submission by John Mock-

The question of which woman has had an enormous influence on my life is a difficult one for several reasons, primarily because there have been so m...

March 27, 2018

I emailed Professor Bansal a series of questions and this was her response. The questions given to her were not easy to answer. I am extremely grateful to her for taking the time out of her already busy schedule...

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