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.
My preferred gender pronouns are they/them but you can use he/him if you are too used to calling me that.
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.
My writings in English can be found in the blog section.
For more information, visit my Japanese website.
- 2019 | Documentary film QUEER JAPAN by Graham Kolbeins
- 2019 | PinkNews Snapchat story series “Being Gay in Japan is HARD” (accessible only via smartphone apps)
- 2018 | Chatty AF (Anime Feminist Podcast) Episode 72 “BL Manga” with Devin Randall and Vrai Kaiser
- 2018 | Speak Out! Japan’s LGBTQ+ Community Responds to Politician Sugita’s Discriminatory Statements (Anime News Network)
- 2018 | Gay Japanese Vlogger Discusses Boys-Love in English-Subtitled Video (Anime News Network)
- 2016 | Global Voices profile by Navin Thompson (in English, Malagasy, Spanish, and Greek)
- 2016 | [Interview] Masaki C. Matsumoto, queer and feminist activist (Anime Feminist) – Esperanto translation is here.
In exploring non-text format mediums for expressing myself, I started vlogging in Japanese in 2015 on YouTube. Though I tried my best to make my videos available in Japanese and English (either spoken/CC’d), I decided it was too much work and created another channel to vlog in English.
Photography, drawing, & music
In 2017, in addition to my interest in queer photography, I took up drawing to better visually express myself. See my Instagram account for more drawings and photography.
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).
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.