Exploring Gay Tokyo

Author: , December 4th, 2011

Gay TokyoThere are very few places on earth where you can spend an evening hopping among more than 300 gay bars, take a pop culture tour with a guide that’s dressed as a maid, and play 1980s video games on the original machines for which they were originally created. In fact, there is most likely just one place where you can do all this: Tokyo.

One of the world’s largest and most sophisticated cities, it has nearly all the ingredients to become Asia’s capital of gay tourism. With its combination of history, tradition. and 21st-century razzle dazzle, it’s an excellent introduction to the wonders that await elsewhere in Japan. Recently, I traveled to Japan for the second time, and spent several glorious days exploring the fascinating culture, traditions, gay life, and forward-thinking technology that make Japan unlike any other nation in the world.

A city of some 12 million people, Tokyo offers a mouthwatering glimpse into the technological future. A lot of it has to do with little conveniences. Taxis have doors that open and close automatically, and riders can pay the fare with their cell phone, using tap pads. Toilets, both public and private, often have heated seats and remote controls for things like courtesy flushes. Thoughtful planning and organization extend to personal behavior as well. Civilized practices like showing up on time and queuing for trains (rather than mobbing the platform) are the norm.

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The Best Gay Bars in Tokyo

Author: , January 11th, 2011

Gay Bars in Tokyo“Homosexuality itself – as long as you don’t say it – is accepted in Japan. Once you start saying it you put yourself in a box,” said a 29-year-old recently to CNNGo when discussing lesbian culture. But there is one district – and a few special nights in other locations – where being openly gay is celebrated. Here we discover the seven best gay night spots in Tokyo.

Most welcoming club: Arty Farty

Regulars and one-time visitors alike often utter the name of this established venue with smiles on their faces.
Arty Farty is widely known to be one of the most fun and friendly clubs in the Shinjuku 2-chome district, where gays, lesbians and straight partiers come together on the dance floor or have cozy conversations over music and drinks.

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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.

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