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anonymous asked:

No. No. You just wait a FUCKING SECOND. What the fuck did you just call me? WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST CALL ME? I’ll have you know that I’m a yaoi fangirl and PROUD. You don’t INSULT me. And by the way, no. No, it’s not “gay.” Do you even KNOW where that came from? Japan. “GAY” CAME FROM JAPAN. THE PROPER TERM FOR “GAY” IS YAOI. Just because I’m eleven doesn’t mean that I can’t be a perv. I’m mature. I write yaoi fanfiction. I have many people who like my yaoi posts on deviantart

Boot Too Big For He Gotdamn Feet.
E-book - "A Glossary of Japanese Gay Terminology"
A little over a month ago, we received a request in our inbox asking about terms that would be useful for navigating gay life in Japan. After scanning some English sites and only finding limited li...

My partner and I created this resource for our site Takurei’s Room. It contains over 150 terms to help you to understand and navigate the gay scene in Japan.

Please be aware that many of the words are explicit and NSFW. 

Special thanks to caol-de-vil, lexivo and hotmessdesu for lending me their energy and resources!



(Crossposted from Takurei’s Room)

This morning, I came across a wonderful (Japanese only) video resource titled “Living As Yourself – Sexual Minorities and Human Rights” (あなたがあなたらしく生きるために・性的マイノリティと人権), which was recently created by the Ministry of Justice with the aim of increasing public awareness about LGBTQ people.

The host and Takarazuka University Professor Hitaka-Sensei give clear and easy to understand descriptions of the differences between LGBTQ and also give other statistics about the estimated percentage of LGBTQ people in Japan, discriminatory terms, suicide rates, and the difficulty of adults to come out to their families, friends, and coworkers.

There are also two brief dramatizations, one regarding a transgender middle school girl dealing with bullying, and another with a gay office worker trying to keep his sexuality a secret at work. The second dramatization is exactly the kind of thing that I was talking about in one of my previous posts, “Expat and Gay in Japan: Living in the Closet”.

I’m really happy to see government created resources like this, and with the recent victory in Shibuya, there couldn’t be a better time!

Note: Video embedding is disabled on this video, so the best I can do is include the link→ 

In addition, the Japanese spoken is very clear, the video has Japanese subtitles you can read along to, and I even learned some new vocabulary to help me discuss these kinds of topics with Japanese people! 

No, there has never been same-sex marriage in Japan - Takurei's Room
The Japan Times recently ran an article titled “Same-sex marriages? Japan’s been there, done that, kind of” on November 16th as part of its “bilingual” column. The piece borders on satire with the amount of carelessness it exhibits when discussing the current state of LGBT rights in Japan. As most articles of this nature, it ... Read more
Foreign same-sex couples here enjoy rights that Japanese don't | The Japan Times
Gay and lesbian non-Japanese couples married abroad can register as spouses with authorities here, but Immigration has mixed messages for foreigners married to Japanese same-sex partners.

It appears that non-Japanese same-sex couples with marriage or civil partnership obtained abroad can be listed as family members and get dependent visas for one another in Japan.

On the other hand, same-sex couples consisting of one non-Japanese and one Japanese citizen are still a no-go, as same-sex marriage isn’t allowed to Japanese citizens…

Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), pen name Kimitake Hiraoka, was a Japanese author, poet, actor, film director, and playwright who was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature. Not only was this openly gay man into aesthetics, he was also a man of military and political revolution. He was the leader and founder of the Tatenokai, a private militia dedicated to the traditional values of Japan. His group was granted the right to train with the Japan Self-Defense Forces (Japanese Military).

In November of 1970, Mishima, along with his private militia, seized control of the Self-Defence Force’s headquarters in Tokyo, attempting to stage a coup d'etat and restore imperial rule. When this failed, Mishima committed seppuku (ritual suicide).
Why an anime character can be openly gay in Japan, but you can’t
In April, Shibuya became the first area in Tokyo — and all of Japan — to recognize same-sex marriage. But attitudes on LGBT rights are just starting to change in Japan and one startup is trying to push that conversation forward.

A quick read about the state of LGBT rights in Japan with insight and commentary from Koki Hayashi, CEO of “Letibee”, a wedding and life services company he created to help LGBT people. 


Went to the Osaka Pride Parade the other day! It was a very exciting place indeed! Although Japan is traditionally seen as a very conservative society, I think this definitely showed the changing of the ways. In my opinion, Japan has a lot of potential to be a very welcoming society for gays. I mean drag queens or “onee-sans” are already pretty much accepted in Japanese society and are quite popular on many television shows.  (My current favorite being Matsuko-Deluxe).

The last picture is my favorite! At the end of the parade, they released hundreds of rainbow balloons into the sky and it was quite a spectacular sight!! (Even though my inner environmentalist was quite bothered by how much litter all those balloons would cause…lol)

nikittypaprika asked:

Heya! After reading that post about the homophobic jokes in p4, I wanted to ask what is Japan's stance on lgbt people anyway? People I know say Japan is open minded of homosexuals, but in a lot of anime and manga, even the recent ones, there are still a lot of gags making fun of queer characters, or even in some yaoi/yuri titles, characters never explicitly saying they are lgbt. They always have this sense of "It's wrong, I should like the opposite gender" and heteronormative relationships.

Hmmmmmm. People here just…. don’t talk about it. They really don’t. 

Like, people talk about erasure in America, and yes it happens, but in Japan it’s so much worse– well at least it has been for me being here. 

There is no religious persecution or long standing ideas of ‘gay people being evil’ the way there is in the Americas and Europe. But it’s also not something that is talked about. I mean, there are gay people here but the gay community is much more spread out and there isn’t a large gay community really anywhere in my area that I know of and I’ve tried to find them, believe me. I have to go to bigger places to find gay resources. There are some people that will be absolutely fine being around gay people though, and there are some people that are incredibly homophobic. These attitudes vary based on location. 

Okay, now in recent years the push has been toward a cultural ideal – get married, have children. With emphasis on the having children part because the birthrate here is incredibly low. Traditionally, marriage here was arranged and it’s partly because that is falling/ has fallen out of fashion here and partly because women don’t have to marry to secure future happiness anymore.  They can actually work.  Marriage isn’t really necessary– though it is expected and I’ve already been asked questions about marriage at drinking parties an stuff. 

Now, in this next little history I’m going to talk mostly about cis gay men and cis gay women because I haven’t studied much on Japanese treatment of the T– it’s talked about even less as far as I can tell– and I don’t want to misrepresent the situation. These are cis-gendered expectations. Also a lot of these examples, especially with women, are probably more true of women of higher classes and I’m not sure about peasant life. The people writing the books were of higher classes and that’s what the focus tends to be on. 

Historically, gay men were acceptable– that is to say men could sleep with anyone. They could have their wives and have mistresses and men that they slept with. As long as they had a wife and were producing children that was okay. I mean this to the point that it is widely accepted that Nobunaga had a sexual relationship with his vassal Ranmaru Mori. There was an idea that men in the lower ranks would gain power from men in the higher ranks by sleeping with them. There was some pederasty going on here too. 

Even in some (I emphasize some here because it wasn’t a wide spread practice) Buddhist temples in the past in Japan, older monks would sleep would younger monks to share some of their enlightenment. This is a practice only found in Japanese Buddhism– though like I said it probably wasn’t extremely widespread but the idea was out there. My professor actually said that until the late 80s in Japan there was still the idea that if a man paid for sex then it wasn’t really considered cheating. So that’s historical treatment of gay men, in a very very summarized quick look. 

Historically the treatment of gay women was different in Japan. A woman was expected to only have one sexual partner– this being 'well respected’ women at least. It had a lot to do with being sure that children were biological because the oldest male tended to inherit. In Japanese literature you tend to see a dichotomy of how sexual women are presented– wives who exist to have children and mistresses who exist purely to be sexual fantasies that tend to get abandoned when they’re too old/lose their youthful beauty/get addicted to drugs/so on and so forth. These women are not usually depicted in an amazingly positive light since most of them tend to meet with tragic ends– tragic ends to the beautiful women who dedicate so much time to pleasing the married men that they’re having affairs with to keep themselves afloat. Wives fair worse– sometimes they aren’t seen at all or they’re not even given a name. Wives were almost not even sexual so much as…. functional in Japanese literature. 

These are the two major representation of women that you see in a lot of especially older Japanese literature. 

Now how this factors in to the view of gay women. If women can only have one partner in life, if they are with a woman, they can not make babies. They cannot fulfill the expectation of getting married and having children whereas men who prefer men can still get married and make babies because it was 'acceptable’ for him to have many lovers. So gay women necessarily got pushed into the category of 'lewd’ women– but 'lewd women’ can at least still have children and gay women can not. So that puts them in the position of very silent other that doesn’t have much of a voice in historical Japan– and sadly even today this is a big problem. 

Japan doesn’t seem to have a lot of anti-gay/gay people are evil so much as it does just “If you’re going to be gay keep it to yourself.” Although, as you said, there is the off handed gay comedy. It’s part of my disappointment in the P4 anime: the game wasn’t like that. They treated Kanji better. And yes Yosuke was homophobic but the game didn’t really make that seem like a good thing– he came off as a dick. 

I suppose that’s my spill. Yaoi and M/M relationships have some history of being romanticized– but in recent years with all the pushing to make babies, M/M pairs are stigmatized for not fulfilling their social role. And for F/F pairs, things are much the same. I find that there is more gay!yay! fanservice in Japan– more M/M but there is still F/F gay!yay! stuff too– than I think would happen in the US. 

While there isn’t a lot of passionate speeches being made against homosexuality like in the United States, I feel there is definitely a sense here that sexuality is something that you keep to yourself and as long as you’re at least acting out your role– doing the things that society expects of you like going to work, helping the community, and so forth– you’re fine as long as you don’t advertise the ways that you deviate from the expectations of you. I suppose this idea adds into the fact that you mentioned- characters are sometimes not even explicitly lgbt, but they are merely implied to be.  I feel most people in Japan would recognize the implications though, and accept it as gay. It’s okay to have gay characters even in children’s cartoons though even if there are homophobic comments here and there. 

I would like to add as a final note that not talking about sexuality isn’t just confined to homosexual people. Straight people don’t even talking about dating in 'formal’ settings like work. At work I have never heard one person mention dating or their personal life at all. I’ve had men and women both go out of their way not to mention their spouses in a formal setting because talking about that kind of thing at work is really strange here. So homosexuality is the same only it is more heightened because you’re probably not going to talk about it a lot in less formal situation either. You’re probably only going to talk about it with people that you know are like minded individuals or people that you really really trust. 

This is from my experience as being in a local small area though. If you were in a bigger place with a higher gay population it wouldn’t be as bad probably. Though, I know someone in a smaller area that has had the supervisor say that they’d reconsider renewing a contract with an employee if they were gay, so that kind of bigotry exists too. 

Though I guess long story short, some people are bigots because they don’t like anyone that doesn’t fit societal norms and some people aren’t. And the media tends to not talk about it at all besides male celebrities doing fanservice, BL games, and AKB-48 making edgy lesbian stuff to appeal to a male audience (not so much to appeal to actual gay culture. It’s more fanservice-y type approach to homosexuality). 

It’s a very interesting subject, how the Japanese treat homosexuality. It’s not really…. extremely vilified…. but it’s also not talked about either….
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