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Monday, November 22nd, 2010
10:12 am
[betweenleaves]
An introduction and some helpful links :)
 Hey everyone,

I will be working as an ALT in either Hiroshima or the Kansai area this coming spring. I have been to Japan before and as the only out Lesbian in Nagasaki (that I knew of) it sucked! So since then I have done a TON of research, even took a class at my university called "Queer Japan". So where are all the Japanese queers hiding? Well they are hiding... but once you find someone in the community, it gets much easier after that. 

So here are a couple links I will share with you all. If you already know about them, sorry for repeating...

Utopia Asia is a site that is pretty up to date with gay and lesbian bars and queer friendly hotels throughout all of Japan, not just Tokyo. You can even meet people on here and create a profile but there aren't very many members so it's hard to get a reply... but! If we all sign up and post regularly we can change that :3

http://www.utopia-asia.com/

Out Japan is site that is meant for Japanese and English speakers alike, but alas there are more English speakers than Japanese on here. The plus side is that this site is frequently updated so you can usually get a reply or a friend request within the week instead of within the year.

http://www.outjapan.com/network/

I also have some specifically lesbian/ bi women websites that are in Japanese. Many of these sites are not as organized as facebook or even out Japan. You don't get a profile or anything, all you can really do is post and from that post you will exchange emails with someone who is interested in you and then decide if you want to exchange numbers, pictures, and eventually meet up. The site I'm posting here is the most updated one that allows people without a Japanese cell phone email to join. There are others that may be better but I can't access them as of now. 

http://sutekinet.jp/L/index.html

Here is a lesbian event I found through one of my groups on mixi...

https://ssl.form-mailer.jp/fms/56f5bf1f127225

It's a Christmas party in Tokyo. 12/25/2010 and is rather short, 8pm till 10pm. The exact location is not specified because you have to RSVP at the bottom of the site to get it however they tell you it's at a nice restaurant in Shinjuku. The cost is 4200 yen but it's for a full buffet, wine, Christmas cake and more. The dress code is like dress shoes and nice pants but you have to wear something that has some red or green in it.


So I hope that was helpful information and please feel free to friend me and let me know what your experience has been being queer in Japan :)

Current Mood: optimistic
Monday, June 28th, 2010
9:51 pm
[foxprince]
hey, there! i would LOVE to see this community become more active.

would any of you like a queer lj friend/penpal/skype, im, or facebook contact? i'm 23, a dyke (and bilingual in genderqueer!) and i arrived in iwate-ken in april as an ALT. i haven't met any queer friends in japan yet, japanese or foreign. any age/gender/sexuality is ok with me. i like to send things in the mail, write poetry and travel, and i'm planning on staying in japan for several years at least!
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
1:48 pm
[sharpblonde]
So, as I've mentioned a couple times on here  before my gf is planning to do the JET program and I'm to go with her to Japan.  She wants to do the translation training they provide to their second year ALTs.  Has anyone taken this?  Is it a good program?  Will it get you actual jobs?
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
8:11 pm
[queerunity]
Diversity Lesson 101: LGBTQ Asians
Asians are considered racial minorities, but there is very little effort to include their people, customs, and or specific issues within the context of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community. They are overshadowed by other races and rarely taken into account.

Learn more and share your experience, by checking out:
Diversity Lesson 101: LGBTQ Asians
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
9:55 pm
[steepingthought]
New Year's Eve
This past New Year's Eve was the first New Year's Eve my boyfriend I spent together. My boyfriend is Japanese and I am American. I am completely out to all my family and friends. My boyfriend is a little more reserved than I am. However, everyone in his family has met me on many occasions as I am over his house often. Furthermore, mostly all of them know that him and I are in a relationship and love each other. This New Year's my boyfriend and I spend the coming of the new year with his family. It was so nice to eat secchi with his mom, to have drink with his aunt, to pray next to boyfriend at the alter set for his ancestors who have passed. He tells me his family is not perfect and we talk about the times members of family fall short of what we hopped. We do the same when talking about our family. We share times with each other when we feel we have both fallen short. Feeling included is nice. I am lucky to be where I am. 2009 is going to be fantastic.

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
11:37 pm
[sharpblonde]
Hi There,

My girlfriend and I are planning to go to Japan and live and work there for a year or two next year. I'm not entirely sure what the attitude is there in Japan. Is there going to be problems with two women in a romantic relationship living together? What I'm most worried about is that I hear it is considered strange there for anyone to indulge in public displays of affection. I don't know how I'll adjust to that. I live in Ottawa, Canada which is a fairly open city and I'm natural physical in how I relate to people, even friends and acquaintances. I think I'll be fine as long as at least holding hands in public isn't a social no-no...

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
2:10 am
[antonijan]
Broadway in Asia
Japan is so lucky to have international tours of Broadway Shows perform over there.

Rent 2008 tour is supposed to be there...anybody going?

On a side note:

I’m “auditioning“ for the National Tour of A Chorus Line’s Be the One competition, and I need your help! The 8 dancers who get the most votes will win an exclusive prize package, including tickets to A Chorus Line.

Click here to view my profile and cast your vote to let everyone know you think I’m a Singular Sensation!

http://auditions.achorusline.com/san-francisco/audition/132


Thanks,


Anthony John

PS.

Please ask your friends to help me spread the word if don't mind :)

Ant

http://auditions.achorusline.com/san-francisco/audition/132
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
6:04 pm
[myloveisrobotic]
Queers <3 Drama
Hello, awesome people!

This is a reminder that the new Tokyo International Players show, The Elephant Man, is going up this weekend!

I just came home from a final dress rehearsal, and let me say, this show is *fantastic*. The technical design is brilliant, and the acting? The acting is simply incredible. Bob Werley does this difficult dramatic character beautifully. Noel Adams and Rachel Walzer, the two other principals, go beyond their usually brilliant selves.

So, please, come on down. This is a show you will regret missing.

(I know no one expects quality English acting in Tokyo, but trust me on this one)


The Elephant Man
By Bernard Pomerance
October 12 at 7:30
Oct 13 at 2:00 and 7:30
Oct 14 at 2:00 and 7:30
at Shinjuku Sun Mall Theater (Please note this is not performed at TAC)

Based on the life of Joseph Merrick, this is a touching drama about a remarkably sensitive and intelligent man who is wrapped inside a hideously deformed body. This is an overwhelming story of immense human suffering, abuse and final salvation thanks to largesse, kindness and humanity.

2 ways to book!
Visit www.tokyoplayers.org and click on RESERVE
OR
email to our NEW email: tipboxoffice@tokyoplayers.org

Enjoy the show!

Please visit TIP online for shows, maps, auditions and more!
http://www.tokyoplayers.org
Monday, September 17th, 2007
1:12 pm
[ayearalone]
Does anyone in or near Tokyo want to hang out?  I'm studying at a really small college and there seem to be no other LGBT people at the college and well it's depressing.  Really depressing.
Monday, August 6th, 2007
8:54 am
[nihonjay]
hello hello
hi there folks

my name's jay and i'm a new JET programme participant in toin-cho, mie-ken. i am also a pre-op ftm transsexual. just giving a shout out to see who's around and what there is to do near kyoto and osaka for tranny types. good to meet you all!
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
8:26 pm
[myloveisrobotic]
Dr Sketchy's Tokyo - May 2007


Dr. Sketchy's - Tokyo Edition turned even MORE Japanese at our May Show!



Holy crap! Look how hot she is! Go to our blog to see more!

http://drsketchytokyo.blogspot.com/

Our website is also at
http://www.drsketchytokyo.com
Sunday, April 15th, 2007
1:16 pm
[offdutydane]
Typical dress
Hey Everyone! I'll likely be applying to JET this coming fall and had a few questions.

As a female-bodied person who dresses in a masculine fashion, I'm a bit worried
about what is appropriate to wear on the job and what is not. I really want to be
apart of JET and the whole experience, but I hate wearing skirts and anything
too form-fitting.

I've done somepoking around the JET LJ community and it seems that a lot
of women wore business suits to their interviews at the consulates.
Does this mean that suits/slacks would also be appropriate dress once they
got to Japan?

Now, obviously there are slacks cut for women and slacks cut in men's styles.
Has anyone ( female-bodied ) pulled off wearing men's pants/shirts/jackets/shoes?

Stories, articles, book recs dealing with this would be much appreciated!

I've got a very general picture of what it's like to be LBGT in Japan, but I
still don't know a lot of the specifics.
Sunday, April 8th, 2007
11:55 pm
[hunterfagboi]
english teacher needed in osaka
sorry if this is inappropriate but i have to quit my cram school job fairly soon and need to find another teacher.
i need someone who lives in osaka city who can speak at least basic japanese.
friday afternoons 3pm-7.20pm 2500 yen an hour plus transport
the kids are great, kindergarten to gr 6 elementary, you have complete control over lessons, its a great job and i dont wanna quit but have no choice.
if you think u know someone who might be interested, pls pass this on!
any questions, pls email kittybutler@k.vodafone.ne.jp
thanks!
Thursday, September 21st, 2006
9:25 pm
[myloveisrobotic]
Tokyo: Call for Auditions
Hey queer-mos
Queers act, right? like the drama yadda yadda yadda?
Bring it out. I'm ADing this mother, and its gonna be bitchin.

Tokyo International Players' auditions for the comedy "Moon Over Buffalo" by Ken Ludwig will be held in mid October.

This is a fast paced, hilarious, American comedy featuring 8 characters, whose ages range from 20 to 80 years old.

The play will run at the Tokyo American Club on January 26--28.

Rehearsals will begin in early November and will run intensively (3-4 times a week) through mid December. There will be a break for the winter holidays followed by intensive rehearsals from early January till opening night.

Rehearsals will be held on weeknights and some weekends.

"Moon Over Buffalo" is witty and fun, and participants are guaranteed to have a great time working on this play. Actors of all levels of experience are welcome to audition, however, the director requests native level English ability and the time commitment stated above.

Candidates are welcome to present a 1-2 minute monologue at the audition, however this is not a requirement. The audition will include readings from the script and possible improvised role-play.

Auditions will be held by appointment only on:

Sunday, October 15th from 18:00-21:00 at the Azabu Kumin Center 2F in Roppongi:

https://shisetu.kissport.or.jp/user/jsp/intro/RSIU0104.jsp?pathInfo=/UserPublic

Tuesday, October 17th from 18:00--21:00 at the Akasaka Kumin Center Hall:

https://shisetu.kissport.or.jp/user/jsp/intro/RSIU0405.jsp

You may be asked to attend a callback on:

Thursday, October 19th from 18:00--21:00 at the Akasaka Kumin Center Hall

To find out more about the play--go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Over_Buffalo

To reserve an audition contact the director at rachelwalzer@hotmail.com
Friday, August 11th, 2006
1:15 pm
[minnstrel]
Hey guys,

I am a new member here and thought I would say hi to you all. I'm a Japanese guy studying music performance in Amsterdam. I am supposed to finish next year and then move out to the States for my further education...well, hopufully. Anyway, I thought it would be fun and helpful to exchange experiences and whatever comes in our way with you all. (I don't care at all but it doesn't look like there are lots of Japanese in this group.) 

Hope to talk to you guys soon. Cheers.

Current Mood: peaceful
Monday, August 7th, 2006
5:00 pm
[riceyboy]
Hi y'all. I'm a new JET in Tsushima-shi, Nagasaki-ken. It's that little blip of an island off the coast of Korea. Any Nagasaki-ken/Fukuoka-ken/*gasp* Tsushimian gays out there? I feel like I may be the only one on this island xD It'd be cool to make some new friends while here :)  And hey, even if you're not, feel free to drop a message.  Meeting people is fun ;).

Thanks, guys! Take care, y'all.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
11:00 pm
[drawma_boy]
KANSAI QUEER FILM FESTIVAL
sorry for the late Late LATE post (and many apologies to the friend who requested i diligently pass this along), but here's info on something all y'all in kansai can enjoy!

xocodyxo

★Kansai Queer Film Festival 21-25 July★ (http://kansai-qff.org)
→next week!

From the 21st to the 25th, we bring you 5 whole days of queer film in the heart of Osaka, Umeda's HEP HALL (the building with the red ferris wheel). We give you drama, comedy, documentary and experimental film from all over the world. One of our main aims is not to stop at lesbian and gay, but to showcase the diversity of queer film in a friendly atmosphere. Don't miss it!

Full English programme details
http://www.geocities.jp/kansai_queer_film/en/2006prog.html

English ticket details
http://www.geocities.jp/kansai_queer_film/en/ticket.html
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
12:11 am
[lydilia]
Dating in Japan Stereotypes
Hi everyone! I'm a future JET, on my way to Hyogo ken, and I've been doing a bit of reading on what life in Japan is supposed to be like for foreigners. The JET handbook implies that women will probably have trouble finding Japanese men to date because the men will be intimidated, while foreign men will be besieged with offers from Japanese women who are interested in someone exotic or sensitive or can give them free English lessons. I'm curious about how these stereotypes play out in same-sex relationships. I know that real people and real relationships rarely ever conform to stereotypes, but I've heard these cliches mentioned so much in the context of heterosexual relationships that I can't help but wonder whether similar stereotypes exist for non-heterosexual pairings.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, May 22nd, 2006
7:03 pm
[sonofthor]
I've been placed in Arida-shi, Wakayama-ken, which is about 2.5 hours south of Osaka. I'm sure it would be nice to have a few gay friends around if any one happens to live nearby.
Thursday, April 20th, 2006
7:47 pm
[mmmmuffin]
stupid question #237
Um, I just got hit with the question, about where I'm going to buy clothes for my freakishly tall self, coming from a place where i'm already exceedingly tall.

What am i going to do about buying new pants or things of the like if i am ever in need of them when once i'm in Japan?

And, i'm asking this knowing that there are atelast 2 people on this list over 6 foot, and one closer to 6'7" like myself.

so... yeah... do i just hope friends, and family can pic out things well enough and send them over to me?

Current Mood: hmm... pants....
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