Masaki is a…

Video creator

YouTube videos about heteropatriarchy and
English as a second language

Queer Artist

Illustrations on Instagram
Music in IGTV


A few writings I've done in English (Medium)
For Japanese, click here.

Hi there! My name is Masaki @QueerESL and I’m a Japan-based queer writer, illustrator, and video creator who creates stuff mostly about 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.

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.

I’ve also 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. Also, I occasionally write in English on Medium.

I started vlogging in 2015 and drawing illustrations in 2017 to explore non-text formats for expressing myself. 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).


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

Hire me

Business inquiries only (writing / speaking / drawing)
*Extra charges for photos and videos.
*No translation or language exchange.
*I refuse to be your “native informant” unless you pay extremely well.

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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