Oh where oh where are the lesbians at? Oh where oh where can they be?? It’s no lie, if you don’t have a way in the gay community in Japan, unless you are in Tokyo or Osaka, you won’t ever find it. I was fortunate to have met a fellow expat who spent a year and a half looking for the lesbian community in Hiroshima and once she found one place, bam, there were suddenly lesbians everywhere. As far as lesbian bars go, there is no designated place but basically every weekend a particular bar will have a lesbian night and these parties tend to be once or twice a month at the same bar. The way to find out about these places is to get on the email list or painfully search through mixi. In other words if you happen to come accross a place in a average sized city, make friends! They will tell you when the next party is. Other than the three main events that happen every month, there are special one time events that are more like parties than just a lesbian night at a bar. They usually include dinner and nomihodai or all you can drink. Sometimes there is dancing or karaoke, maybe both. Thus far I have gone to two of the three events that happen a month. One of them happens twice in a month so you could say that I have technically been to all the events once. One event called Gou-Temps meets twice a month, usually the 1st and 3rd week of the month on a Sunday night. The other event is call L party, where they used to watch the L word but now that it’s over, not so much. This was actually organized by a mixed foreign/ Japanese couple so they are very friendly to foreigners. Actually Gou-temps is as well. Both events were very similar, just a bunch of lesbians coming to a bar, having some drinks and talking. Everyone talks to everyone and the atmospere is so friendly and welcoming… for lesbians. If you are male you are turned away, which is actually kind of nice. The venues are really nice “hole in the wall” type places with their own drink specials that tasty but not too pricey. There are a couple regulars that come but there are also many new faces as well.