About me

Hi there! My name is Masaki. I’m a Japan-based queer writer and YouTuber who creates stuff mostly about and against heteropatriarchy. Follow me on Twitter and subscribe to my YouTube channels (English & Japanese).

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.

Most of the time, I write and make videos for free. If you find what I do good or at least meaningful, please consider donating via Paypal by tapping the button below. Thank you!

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

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.

If you’re considering to invite me to speak at your event or in class, here’s a sample lecture and video. Please reach me at chicomasak[at]gmail[dot]com for business inquiries.

For more information, visit my Japanese website.

Events & media appearances

YouTube

In exploring non-text format mediums for expressing myself, I started vlogging in Japanese in 2015 on YouTube. I tried my best to make my videos available both in Japanese and English (either spoken/CC’d), but I’ve since made a separate channel for English content.

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.

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 SoundCloud or 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.

Inside FAT CATS
FAT CATS Bar & Grill

Send support

Most of the time, I write and make videos for free. If you find what I do good or at least meaningful, please consider donating via Paypal by tapping the button below. Thank you!