Gay culture in Japan

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Gay culture in Japan has changed a lot over the decades, when in Europe people were still being killed for being homosexual, it was not a big deal in Japan. However, with Western culture and religion influencing Japan that changed. So how accepting is modern Japan towards LGBT? At Tokyo Rainbow Pride people of various backgrounds living in Japan talk about their thoughts on gay culture in Japan.

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After suffering a rough fall on his triple axel in his short program, 2018 Olympic silver medallist Shoma Uno rallied back to win his second consecutive Skate Canada International title. In his “Moonlight Sonata” free skate, Shoma completed four quadruples, including a quad flip, quad toe-double toe and quad toe.

That Blue Sky Feeling

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School is difficult for most people for one reason or another, but when you’re the only gay kid in class, it can get awkward. The manga That Blue Sky Feeling is about just that — at least at first. When Noshiro moves to a new city, he wonders why the other kids tend to leave Sanada alone. Being the overly friendly sort, Noshiro can’t let that stand and makes it his mission to make friends. And the rumours that Sanada might be gay don’t dissuade him — even if that stirs up some unknown feelings in Noshiro.

That Blue Sky Feeling is a really sweet manga. The story starts when Noshiro sees that Sanada is alone and he initially tries to befriend Sanada out of kindness. But when Sanada confirms that the rumours are true — and he is, in fact, gay — Noshiro’s not sure what to think. Not in a homophobic way; if anything, Noshiro goes too far in trying to appear okay with Sanada’s homosexuality. But instead, Noshiro starts wondering if he might also be gay. (And that he might just have a crush on Sanada. Strike that. He definitely has a crush on Sanada.)

The tone and feel of the story is pleasant and rather slice of life than drama. Though the other students are leery of Sanada, once Noshiro admonishes them, Sanada’s welcomed back into the group — even if Sanada’s ostraciation is hinted to be part of Sanada’s own desires to be alone. Noshiro is sometimes clumsy with his emotions, but he’s always shown as at least trying to do the right thing; and when he does screw up, it’s nothing major.

Sanada soon introduces Noshiro to Hide, Sanada’s ex-boyfriend and an, at least compared to the high-school kids, “older” guy — Hide is 26. He ends up becoming somewhat of a mentor-figure to the two boys, though, and Noshiro goes to him to find out more about not just Sanada, but about being gay and whether or not he’s gay himself.

That Blue Sky Feeling started out as a webcomic that was redrawn for the print edition. It’s also the debut for the creators, writer Okura and illustrator Coma Hashii. Hopefully we’ll keep seeing more from these talented creators and their authentic take on the gay coming-of-age story.