Gay Japan – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 12th, 2019

Gay Japan - The Nomadic Boys

Japan is an incredible country. Everything is so advanced, done with such careful precision, immaculate attention to detail – and always with a smile. The Japanese culture itself is rich with tradition, dating back thousands of years and manifests itself in the way the people behave with each other, the many beautiful temples and even in the delicious Japanese food.

Most importantly of all, Japan is very gay friendly, especially for foreigners. We certainly rate it as one of the most gay friendly countries in Asia. Whilst there is a lot of work that needs to be done for the LGBTQ community of Japan, by Asian standards, Japan is way ahead of the pack.

This is our gay travel itinerary to Japan for first-timers to discover the best the country has to offer. It can be done in 10 days or two weeks, the latter allowing more time to enjoy the sights.

Our gay itinerary to Japan is a cultural journey through one of our favourite countries in the world, taking in the big bustling capital city, the Japanese countryside around Takayama, the rich culture of Kyoto and an important educational visit to Hiroshima. One big tip before heading off, you may want to consider pre-ordering a pocket WiFi router to use throughout your trip to save you a lot of money on your roaming fees. We tried this out for our trip and loved that we could both always use our phones when on the move.

Side note: for more Japan inspiration further afield from the traditional tourist route we set out in this itinerary, check out the incredible Yaeyama Islands for some of the best nature, jungle life and diving opportunities.

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Queer Japan – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , December 20th, 2018

Queer Japan - Once Upon a Journey

Travelling nowadays seems like the ultimate dream. We’re living that dream, and it is an absolute fairy tale! But, travelling the world as an LGBTQ+ traveller isn’t as easy as packing your bags and go. We have travelled to countries with anti-gay laws and we refuse to boycott countries for that reason. We believe travelling the world is for everyone!

However, it’s important to do it safely. A few important questions to keep in mind before flying to a new destination: what are the LGBT rights? What’s the public opinion like? Where are the LGBT+ safe spaces? It’s our goal to make you worry less, and have more fun during your travels. So let’s answer the questions and find out how LGBT friendly Japan is for travellers!

PAVING THE WAY TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Japan has some of the most progressive LGBT laws in of all Asia. Homosexual activities are legal, same-sex marriage not yet. Japan has been making great steps forward the past years. Since March 2009, Japanese can get married outside of Japan, in countries where it’s legal. In 2012, a law was passed allowing transgenders to change their gender legally after surgery.

In 2015 Shibuya was the first area in Japan to recognise same-sex partnership with a certificate, making it easier for same-sex couples to find housing and to visit each other in the hospital. Other areas and some major cities followed, nowadays seven cities (Sapporo, Fukuoka, Osaka, Iga, Takarazuka, Naha, and Chiba) and four wards in Tokyo offer them (or will in the near future).

Last October, Tokyo passed an anti-discrimination law concerning gender identity and sexual orientation. Plus, the city decided to conduct public education about LGBT rights. Although discrimination isn’t common in Japan we hope to see this law pass nationally as well. Sadly, adoption by same-sex couples isn’t allowed and lesbians aren’t able to access IVF. Though, the city Osaka is making great steps forward in this topic, since April 2017 same-sex couples are recognized as foster parents. Still, a lot to work on, but a country is more than its laws, so let’s dive into Japan’s public opinion.

By Roxanne & Maartje – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

 

Tokyo Hosts First Pride Parade in Three Years

Author: , August 16th, 2010

Japan’s gay and lesbian community marched in Tokyo on Saturday at the first gay parade in three years, campaigning for greater acceptance in a socially conservative country where being openly gay remains taboo.

Police said about 4,000 people in flamboyant costumes, waving rainbow flags and dancing on trucks rallied at the 7th Tokyo Pride Parade, the biggest gay parade held to date in Japan which has a traditional, family-orientated society.

The parade returns after a three year absence because the organizers struggled to find enough staff for the event with many gay Japanese hiding their sexuality at home and in the workplace.

Full Story from Canoe.ca