Yesterday was Tokyo’s Pride Festival, and this home-made couture costume of Isetan department store bags was the best outfit. The festival was small but lively, with a stage, booths, food, and lots of young people.
The stage show included a very large band with brass, wind instruments and percussion; Okinawan dancing and drumming; and a panel of celebrities being filmed for an NHK special on pride and being out.
The booths included HIV awareness and support, a hikikimori university, a gay student group, a hair cutter, Goldman Sachs recruiting, a deaf gay group, an online fortune teller, Men’s Mixi, and a recycling booth where one of the husband’s English language students was volunteering. There were at least half a dozen “free hugs” offers.
There was also a Festival booth where people were invited to write on small fabric scraps that would later be made into a large rainbow quilt flag. I wrote: “Tokyo = World’s Gayest Place” along with a pink heart and the Japanese word “sugei” (すげい) or “awesome.”
And there was this suspicious foreign ojisan eating Blue Hawaiian shaved ice.