THE Homosexuality has been the subject of long discussions on the internet and in the media. In recent years, homosexuals have managed to enter society and have their rights to be treated equally and without prejudice. How are gays treated in Japan? Is there prejudice between the Japanese and homosexuals? What do the media or traditional people think about this?
Remembering that this subject is very delicate, unfortunately due to lack of knowledge I have already used terms and words that made some angry. I just did a lot of research on the subject in Japan to bring the information to you, I hope you like it! I am against prejudice! I believe that everyone does what they want in their life, and our obligation is to respect it. Unfortunately, today respect has died in places.
I see a lot of unnecessary bullshit among gays and religious, the bible is clear in relation to homosexuality, there is no reason to try to change that, but she also talks about free will, love and respect, something that many religious are forgetting. It is even hypocrisy, since the same biblical text that condemns homosexuality condemns sex before marriage and adultery, a very common practice among the general population, and I do not see religious people prejudiced against it. Only that is not the subject of the article [Going back ...] What is the opinion of Buddhism and Shinto on this subject? What do the predominant religions in Japan think of this? Or even Christians in Japan? These are some of the things we will cover in this long article.
What does religion in Japan think?
There are no explicit religious prohibitions against homosexuality in Japan’s traditional religion. Japan’s first religion is the Shinto, there are no records that approve or condemn the practice, in fact Shinto is quite open and does not dictate how the behavior or sex life should be. In Shinto sex precedes the birth of a nation and its people, even the origin of Japan according to Shinto came from sexual intercourse.
At the Buddhism sex is linked to desire, in the past no practicing Buddhists, especially monks and priests should be involved in any type of conduct that involves sex, whether heterosexual or homosexual. In the past, Buddhism considered heterosexual activity more offensive, since women were considered contaminants by nature. In fact, there are many historical reports involving the homosexuality within Buddhism. The isolation of monasteries probably encouraged the growth of homosexual culture among Buddhist monks and priests.
There was a tradition called wakashudo, where samurai elaborate vows of commitment and create a great relationship with their apprentices. Although it is not about sex, historical records clearly show homosexual relationships between samurai, monks and high society men. This is because within wakashudo the fraternity contract allowed sexual favors as rewards for the teachings of bushido. This was because the woman was believed to steal energy and divert the warrior's focus.
Lesbianism receives little literary mention, but there are records from the Edo period. Although Buddhism greatly influenced homosexual culture in Japan, Western influence ended up hiding this acceptance that Japan had in the past in a way
How does Japan view the Homosexuality?
Although acceptance is greater than in other countries, Westernization has created a little prejudice in Japanese society in general. Japan is much more open to behavior than practice. We can see this in the sub-cultures of crossdresser and in the general behavior of the Japanese, whether in fashion or personality. There is no strong concept of machismo in Japan, it is perfectly normal for heterosexuals to have customs and behaviors that in Brazil would be seen as female or homosexual.
Gay marriage is not yet allowed in all of Japan, only in the Shibuya district, Tokyo (2017), but Japan accepts foreign gay marriage. Sexual orientation is not protected by national civil rights laws, which means that LGBT Japanese (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) have no legal remedies when facing such discrimination in areas such as employment, education, housing, health and banking .
The Japanese have no problems regarding homosexuality because not even the heterosexual couples demonstrate many feelings in public. Being reserved is part of Japanese culture, while in the West many homosexuals stand out, the Japanese remain reserved, and few know the sexual orientation of each person, and their behavior does not highlight or define it.
In Japan, those who stand out for being different from the parameters of society, are subject to criticism, social exclusion and discrimination. Not because the person is homosexual, but simply because he is different. This is quite strange, because Japan is known for having the most different and unique people in the world, whether in personality, fashion, customs, etc. If on the one hand some are critical, others do not care or get involved in people's lives, they find different things interesting. We can assimilate some things of homosexual prejudice with prejudice against foreigners in Japan.
Homosexuality in the Japanese media
Since the past, the Japanese have shown that they do not care about people's sexual orientation or behavior. It is not just about historical records, monks and samurai, even within art, the Kabuki Theater it stands out with men doing dramatic performances of women, with dance and music.
Currently in anime and manga, we always find characters that appear to be homosexuals, many times this is not specified exactly because relationships are treated slowly in anime. In addition there are several works of manga, novels and homosexual anime that stand out in Japan and in the world like Yaoi and Yuri.
Some corporate jobs in Japan are preferable to married people, which means that most Japanese people try to get married before they are 30. This is another difficulty that gays can face when trying to get a high job position.
Japan is a great option for those who want to live naturally or are afraid of being discriminated against, as there is no concept of how each person should act. What is your opinion on this matter?
Is there homophobia in Japan?
Although the article clearly answers this question by talking in detail about how Japan views homosexuality, I also want to leave a video of my friend Caipira in Japan that addresses a little of this subject: