Detailed information and experiences of lesbian life in Japan.


Providing for the first time in English extensive and detailed information on lesbian life in Japan. This blog covers various internet resources in English and Japanese on events, dating, and social networking for lesbians in Japan and personal and outside reviews on bars, clubs, and events in various areas that are specifically for lesbians or mixed. In addition to that, any media (books, manga, anime, movies) that have lesbianism as a central theme will also have reviews.

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  1. Hi πŸ™‚

    I’ve spent a bit of time trawling around the internet looking for a free LGBTI newspaper.
    Im a lesbian from Sydney and we have the Sydney Star Observer which is free and comes out weekly.

    Is there a free publication in Tokyo? How do gays/lesbians in Japan find out about community news, events, parties?

    I ask because I run a clothing label and Im interested in advertising . I don’t want to advertise in a high end monthly magazine.

    Anyway if you are able to point me in the right direction that would be great.


  2. Hello! I’d really like to thank you for what you’re doing here. Even though it is a big help, at times browsing Utopia gives me a headache; and although I’ve only been here for 5 minutes, I’m beginning to like your blog much more. Feels more personal. I hope you continue to update as I’ll be keeping tabs. Thanks again C:

  3. lunchbox said:

    I love this blog. As someone looking to travel through Japan in the near future and/or teach in Japan, it’s an invaluable reference. Thank you for writing it! I hope that you’ll continue to post on it.

  4. Great blog! Your past posts on tachi-neko and coming out to your colleagues were especially helpful to me. I’ve just moved to the Tokyo area and had no idea what to expect about the queer women’s scene here and general climate surrounding coming out (one of my close male friends told me lots about the gay male Grindr scene, etc.). I’m very out in my home country and even have on my FB profile that I “like women,” though as a very feminine woman, I am accustomed to people assuming I am straight, and needing to point out that I date women. I haven’t come out to Japanese friends yet (although I only got here a week ago) and have been a little nervous. For example, even the roller derby scene (which, in the States, is one of the most queer-friendly environments I can imagine) is different here–primarily on US military bases–so I haven’t yet found an obviously “safe” space. It is a relief to hear–if I understood what you said–that focusing more on behavior and preferences and less on identifying as queer can be effective for living openly without freaking people out.

  5. P.S. I don’t know if you’re still in Japan and actively blogging, but I hope to see more posts from you! Thanks (^-^)

  6. Hello! First of all, I would like to thank you for writing such detailed references. I’m currently studying in Japanese studies. Being a lesbian myself I wanted to write about lesbian and queerness in Japan for my thesis. And for not being able to fly to Japan in the near future, I would really appreciate it if you could provide with more detailed information or even an interview personally. Thanks again!

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