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Japanese-Language LGBT Resource Roundup

Over the past few years, the amount of information in Japanese about LGBT related topics in Japan has exploded, with internet resources being no exception. While some of the…

帰省 – Homecoming

After nearly five years of living in Japan, I’ve moved back to the United States ahead of Taku in order to prepare for our new life together.

“Glossary of Japanese Gay Terminology” Has Been Updated!

You may have heard of bears, but what about wolves, monkeys, and cats? Which western brand-name bag has become so popular with Japanese gay men that it’s been…

On Not Coming Out at my Japanese Workplace

A recent survey by the Institute for General Research on LGBT found that only about 4% of respondents have come out in their workplaces, which means a whopping…

Google Japan Airs Commercial Featuring Gay Man During Prime Time Music Program

Google Japan made a bold move during NHK’s annual Year-end Song Festival (紅白歌合戦), airing a commercial that featured, among others, a gay man. The Year-end Song Festival is aired every New…

LGBT Rights in Japan 2016: The Year in Review

On December 14, Google revealed its annual “Year in Search“, shining a light on the most popular search queries of 2016. The breakout searches were to be expected:…

Looking to the Future

I’ve finally completed my last shift of 2016, giving me time to update this blog and allowing me to start thinking about 2017.

We’re Engaged! −「私たち、婚約しました♡」

Dear readers, Taku and I are happy to announce that we are engaged and plan to get married in the United States next year! We are currently applying…

Osaka’s Yodogawa Ward Launches First-Ever LGBT Awareness Poster Campaign

Yodogawa Ward in Osaka City is unique in that it became the first municipality in Japan to declare support for LGBT individuals back in 2013. And according to…