VIDEO: A Taste of Japan - LGBT Travel

VIDEO: A Taste of Japan - LGBT Travel


Vinny and Bernard take on Japan, one crazy adventure at a time. **Edit - No, Bernard is not my new "bae" - He's a good friend that I've known middle school. He's positively straight, and has a girlfriend. Ya'll relax lol. ��??

Debut for ITB Berlin’s LGBT Academy in Japan

Debut for ITB Berlin’s LGBT Academy in Japan


On 23 and 24 August 2017 the World's leading Travel Trade Show ® will host two workshops on lesbian and gay travel in Tokyo and Kyoto

Touching Commercials Reveal What It's Like Living in Japan as an LGBT Person

Touching Commercials Reveal What It's Like Living in Japan as an LGBT Person


Tokai Television Broadcasting came out with a series of commercials focusing on what it’s like to live as part of the LGBT community in Japan, which is making progress for same-sex couples. The first two men in the video below, who wished to remain anonymous, have been together for eight years and when asked if …

Japan's corporations make strides to foster inclusive LGBT work environment

Japan's corporations make strides to foster inclusive LGBT work environment


In May 2015, Hiroki Inaba, vice president of Goldman Sachs Japan Co.'s legal department, came out as gay, after almost 13 years with the company and 10 yea

NPO holds coming-of-age celebrations for Japan's LGBT youth

NPO holds coming-of-age celebrations for Japan's LGBT youth


Special coming-of-age ceremonies catering to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people are growing popular in Japan, providing an opportunity for sexual minorities to celebrate and express their true selves.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

A university student was among some 40 participants, including family members, who participated in an LGBT ceremony on Feb. 12 in the city of Saga to encourage and congratulate those who had reached the age of 20 over the past year.

The planner working to bring Japan Inc up to speed with LGBT consumers

The planner working to bring Japan Inc up to speed with LGBT consumers


Takahiko Morinaga, who started the Japan LGBT Research Institute, discusses the nascent state of LGBT marketing in Japan.

Matt Skallerud's insight:
Takahiko Morinaga started the Japan LGBT Research Institute (part of Hakuhodo DY Holdings) last year while working as a planner. In this interview, he gives his view on the state of LGBT marketing in Japan, where brands are only just beginning to develop strategies specific to this consumer segment.

Read more at: http://www.campaignasia.com/article/the-planner-working-to-bring-japan-inc-up-to-speed-with-lgbt-consumers/432956
Morinaga started the Japan LGBT Research Institute (part of Hakuhodo DY Holdings) last year while working as a planner. In this interview, he gives his view on the state of LGBT marketing in Japan, where brands are only just beginning to develop strategies specific to this consumer segment.

Read more at: http://www.campaignasia.com/article/the-planner-working-to-bring-japan-inc-up-to-speed-with-lgbt-consumers/432956
Takahiko Morinaga started the Japan LGBT Research Institute (part of Hakuhodo DY Holdings) last year while working as a planner. In this interview, he gives his view on the state of LGBT marketing in Japan, where brands are only just beginning to develop strategies specific to this consumer segment.

Read more at: http://www.campaignasia.com/article/the-planner-working-to-bring-japan-inc-up-to-speed-with-lgbt-consumers/432956

The Shy Gay Guy's How To Guide For Japanese Onsen

The Shy Gay Guy's How To Guide For Japanese Onsen


Let's start off with a few things specifically for LGBTQ travelers that are good to know prior to showing up at the onsen followed by a general step by step guide to the entire process.  My goal is to make sure you're fully informed and can make a decision about whether onsen is something you'd like to try! 


Matt Skallerud's insight:

IT'S A BATHHOUSE BUT NOT A "BATHHOUSE"

Bathhouses are not a new concept to many in the LGBTQ community, particularly those in the G category.  Gay bathhouses are a common sight in most major Western cities, though the arrival of the internet and smartphone may be curbing younger generations interest or need for such facilities.  Please note that unlike their western gay counterparts, Japanese onsen are generally not a location where men go to meet one another for casual sexual encounters.  Yes, there's an option for soaking in a hot bath.  Yes, there's communal nudity.  But the similarities end there.  Going to an onsen with an expectation of sexual activity or even meeting other LGBTQ individuals will likely end at a minimum with your disappointment and at most with your involvement with the Japanese police force.  

Osaka's Yodogawa Ward serves as municipal model on LGBT rights

Osaka's Yodogawa Ward serves as municipal model on LGBT rights


Since becoming the first municipality in Japan to declare support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in 2013, the Yodogawa Ward Office in Osaka has attracted attention from other institutions keen to learn from its approach.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The ward first moved to implement measures to help LGBT people after ward chief Masafumi Sakaki met former U.S. Consul General for Osaka-Kobe, Patrick Linehan, who is openly gay, to discuss the issue.