LGBTQ

Are There LGBT Families in Japan? What Is Their Situation Like?

Japan is a country of advancement, and in many aspects, it seems to be one step ahead of everybody else. However, there is one area in which this country is lagging behind. And that area consists of issues relating to LGBT. It was not until recent years that Japan’s outlook on the LGBT community started…

What Are the Recommended Places and Groups for the LGBT Community in Tokyo?

When I first came to Japan, I looked at the LGBT section of my travel guide in the hope of finding some information about the LGBT community in Tokyo and recommended places to go out. To my own disappointment, my guide only had a few information and the limited section was describing a small and…

Are Bright Futures Ahead For Same-Sex Couples in Japan?

In this new era, there is a growing amount of acceptance and understanding towards same-sex relationships. Western countries, while still facing opposition from some, are generally more open-minded in this matter. In June 2015, same-sex marriage was legalized in all the 50 states of America. Japan is a pretty open-minded country in regards to certain…

Yaoi Manga: Romance Between Boys, Loved By Girls!

I would like to give you a warning first: you are going to read something about gay romance. If you do not wish to read about anything related to that subject, you would be better off clicking on a different article. However, if you would like to learn more about this fascinating and captivating genre…

Japan as a Rainbow Nation: First Same-Sex Partnership Officially Recognized

Japan is often thought of as an advanced country. Robotics, games, trains and architecture are all at the cutting edge internationally. So it may be a surprise to find out that Japan is a little behind in some other areas. However, in 2015 Japan have now awarded their first ever partnership certificate, allowing couples of…

Kyoto Nightlife: Gay Bars and Events

The gay scene in Kyoto is pretty low key and apart from the monthly “Diamonds are forever” drag night at Club Metro, not really advertised so you need to do some searching to find the gay venues as there is usually no indication on the outside that it’s not just another little Japanese-style bar. Azure…

Japan Joins the Lush Campaign for LGBT Rights Movement !

GAYISOK Campaign A campaign has started from June 25th at the LUSH stores in Japan. The #GAYISOK campaign is to promote sexual equality all over the world. From June 25th to July 5th, LUSH stores in Japan will be selling the LOVESOAP soap bar. wort.lu/ LOVESOAP: The right to love lushjapan.com/ After buying the LOVESOAP,…

Top 5 LGBT Events in Tokyo

There are many ways for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender) to party, meet people, or get into the subculture of LGBT in Tokyo. Since approximately 5% of the country’s population is LGBT, that is a total of about 6 million people, more and more gay-related events are being held. For comparison: Tokyo’s 23 Ward…

The gay subculture in Tokyo

If you are gay, you do not need to worry, at least if you live in Tokyo! The famous red light district Shinjuku Nichome will not disappoint you. Soon after World War II, the neighbourhood of the already famous Kabukicho started gathering bars, that focused on gay clientele. Shinjuku Nichome, that’s Area 2 of Shinjuku…