Tokyo temple offers graves for same-sex couples

/ Mar 28, 2017

Tokyo temple offers graves for same-sex couples

A Buddhist temple in Tokyo has devised a grave that can be shared by sexual minorities and their partners. The temple, Shodaiji in Edogawa Ward, is receiving an increasing number of inquiries about the grave for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. “We’d ...

Jan 24, 2017

Sex toys 'safer' than kids' toys: Swedish study

Fewer sex toys contain dangerous chemicals than children’s toys, a Swedish inspection authority said in a report published on Monday. In its study conducted in 2016, 2 percent of the 44 surveyed sex toys that had been imported to Sweden contained banned chemicals, the ...

Mishima and the maze of sexuality in modern Japan

Jan 14, 2017

Mishima and the maze of sexuality in modern Japan

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In June 1948, novelist Osamu Dazai committed suicide. The 38-year-old, who had just completed his masterpiece, “No Longer Human,” and whose fame was peaking, jumped into Tokyo’s Tamagawa Canal with his mistress, Tomie Yamazaki, and drowned. With his acid wit and nihilistic vision, Dazai ...