Homosexuality in Japan is a topic one doesn’t hear a lot about (if not deliberately searched for) and beside the few obvious actors/entertainers on TV I haven’t met a single soul who said he or she was gay. Of course if you want to tell anyone or not is your own business, but as the post from A Light to Look to shows, it seems there really isn’t much of a choice. If you are shunned by society if you come out, especially in a society where “keeping face” means a lot, then I can imagine that the “choice” is more often than not, to just keep it to yourself.
I think the former coworker says it well: “I know my country, and I know how long it takes for change to happen here.” Even though Japan might be changing, it will be very very slow.
Great post and despite the disclaimer I find it especially because of her own opinion worth a read (^_^)
I’m fascinated by the subject of homosexuality in Japan.
That being said, I’m still navigating my way around the issues and history of homosexuality in Japan, so I’m not really an authority on the subject in any way. I’ve only spoken to a handful of Japanese people who identify as queer (the all-encompassing term I use in my head for LGBT) and some had very unique opinions on the subject (but that’s kind of a common occurrence if you ask any group of people a question about anything).
I’m in no way an authority on Japan either.
When I moved to Japan in 2010, I thought very differently about the country than the way I do now. Living in a country whose history stretches much further back than my own, whose culture is founded on beliefs far removed from the beliefs that shaped mine, whose language follows rules my native language doesn’t – all of that and a lot of smaller things changed my perception of Japan and the world and just…
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