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“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…

Kyushu Rainbow Pride 2016 [Slideshow+Video]

Kyushu Rainbow Pride 2016, the third LGBT Pride event to be hosted in Fukuoka City, was held on November 6 in Fukuoka’s Reisen Park. Attendees of all ages,…

New England Nostalgia, and Autumn in Fukuoka

Being born and raised in New England, I learned to love autumn from an early age. Despite the days becoming shorter and the foliage falling from the trees, I…