My face photo.

Hi there! My name is Masaki (Twitter @QueerESL). I’m a Japan-based queer critic and YouTuber who creates stuff mostly about and against heteropatriarchy. My preferred gender pronouns are he, him, they, and them. I studied sociology of gender and sexuality in college (International Christian University, Tokyo) and graduate school (the University of Chicago), researching mostly straight women’s fight against sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia.

Me at Chicago Pride 2011, posing for the camera & holding a sign that says “Immigrants ≠ Your Homophobic Other.”

Writer & Speaker

I’ve been freelancing since 2015 as a writer and speaker on various topics pertaining to gender and sexuality. Publishers include Seidosha, wezzy, wotopi, and Human Rights Association for Korean Residents in Japan. Hosts include universities, queer activist groups, professional associations, and ethnic minority groups. If you’re considering to invite me to speak at your event or in class, here’s a sample lecture and video. Please use the form below to contact me for business inquiries.


Video & Other

In exploring non-text format mediums for expressing myself, I started vlogging in 2015 on YouTube (Japanese / English).

In 2017, in addition to my interest in queer photography, I took up drawing to better visually express myself. See my Instagram art account for more drawings and photography.

An illustration by me of African American female singer Gloria Gaynor famous for her song “I Will Survive.”

A brushwork of a race-unspecified, gender-unspecified youth with a caption saying “MANGA CHARACTERS ARE NOT NECESSARILY ASIAN.”

A brushwork of an angry feminine-looking person with caption “NO, KAREN WHITE IS NOT REASON ENOUGH TO LOCK UP TRANS FOLKS IN WRONG PRISONS.”

My illustrations appeared in mika’s Magical Time-Traveling Dog Therapy: a canine-assisted therapeutic modality for treating complex trauma without tearing time-space continuum (2018).

One of my six illustrations that appear in mika’s zine.

I’ve also loved making music since I was 11. Combining electro-pop and kayokyoku, I have made some queer-themed songs which you can listen to on YouTube.

FAT CATS Bar & Grill

After spending my late teen years and early 20’s in New Zealand and the U.S., I am now back in Kitakanto (area north of Tokyo) where I’m originally from, working as the co-owner and co-manager at FAT CATS, a minority-friendly, discrimination-free dining space that my mother and I started in 2014.


FAT CATS Bar & Grill

Donate to Masaki so he can keep creating videos, illustrations, and writings related to LGBTQ+ issues.

Latest Posts


When Rainbow Flags Make It To National Television #Japan #LGBTQ #MISIA

When I started college, there already existed prides and rainbow flags. I didn't have to create queer spaces to join or queer symbols to identify with. They were there, and I'd join rainbow-filled events and groups. And I was constantly disappointed with how those events were trans-indifferent, gay men-centered, obsessed with money and reputation, anti-intersectional, ethnocentric, disability-unfriendly, male-dominated, etc. etc.


Sexist Anime Is Japanese Culture?

How do we talk about sexism, heterosexism, and ciscentrism in anime/manga when it’s part of “their culture”? Can we criticize misogynous, homophobic and transphobic anime/manga without being ethnocentric and arrogant? What’s the best way to Read more…


A gay man’s opinion about yaoi/BL

Consumers and creators of BL are often the target of online harassment and attacks. But I think there’s misogyny and homophobia behind that. (This video is in Japanese but subbed in English.)

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Find me at FAT CATS

You can visit me at FAT CATS Bar & Grill anytime between 5PM & 11PM, Tuesday through Sunday, at Honcho 4-1-8, Tatebayashi, Gunma 374-0024 JAPAN.


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