A hunky tribute to freedom! Another photo by Matt from Folsom Street Fair.
It’s good to know that Japanese-import MLB pitcher Darvish is settling into Amerika, with all its freedoms and customs. This image is the first image Google returns for his name. Maybe it helps him focus on his pitching.
Is this the dictionary definition of freedom? It seems to make people and gods happy.
A beautiful short movie by Boo Junfeng rallies support for Singapore’s Pink Dot rally on June 18. It is illegal to hold a political gathering in Singapore, and yet this emerging LGBT movement has skirted that by claiming it’s a color-coordinated picnic.
Economic development and personal achievement are not adequate compensation for not being able to speak freely or organize with others. There are many times in Japan when the “absence of visible gayness” provides daily advantages: straight men are not threatened by something that neither exists nor contaminates, no religious nuts are yelling about damnation, gender expression seems much wider than in the West.
Yet living in hiding corrodes the spirit & ultimately limits everyone’s freedom. I am glad to see gay rights in Asia become a human rights issue that benefits everyone.
Wow. Watch this Catholic priest, arrested for drunk driving, alternately threaten and proposition police officers while chained to the holding cell. Sweet baby Jesus, video is priceless. (Via JoeMyGod).
Alas, dear readers, this is my final Seijin no Hi photo. Perhaps the culmination of all the other photos. For reasons not made clear to this foreigner, the joyous 20 year olds are posing with one of them in the air with his legs spread wide. A particularly fetching boy seems to be reaching his hand towards legs-spread-wide’s groin.
I can only imagine how much more fun happened after they got drunker. There’s something practically Muslim about how almost all Japanese socializing is same sex. I love it!
Soon there was a horde of hot young 20 year olds combining traditional dress with big fried hair and excess testosterone. It didn’t take long for them to start falling all over each other, lit cigarettes in hand. I hope that they needed to pose for me, as much as I enjoyed their antics. I especially like how you can see inside the fallen boy’s skirt, I mean, “hakama” (袴).
This photo series is indebted to the chubby guy with the pink kimono who noticed my not subtle lurking and photographing. He called his friends for a huge yankii group pose on this important day that celebrates youths’ new ability to drink, smoke, get married, and other fun stuff.
Check out Danny Choo’s website for professional photos and more attention on the ladies. I focused strictly on the urban yankii male. It’s easy to be sex-specific in Japan because so many adults and teens socialize almost entirely with members of the same sex.
My first observation is that only the most bad-ass men are wearing kimonos, hakama, and haori. Many of their peers are wearing cheap suits, and spending all their vanity on their glorious hair: dyed, permed, back-combed, gelled, sprayed, and sculpted. Basically a junior salaryman look with extra attention on hair and eyebrows.
The next posts will focus more on rough-housing, misplaced energy, and male intimacy.
I apologize to my readers for so many sad and fugly pots. It’s time to turn your attention back to the Japanese islands, and images of hope, freedom and male vanity. On Monday’s Coming of Age (成人の日, Seijin no hi) holiday, I hit the Nakano yankii jackpot.
The location is the plaza and musical clock in front of Nakano Sun Plaza, the same site where this blog’s header image was taken three years ago. Despite the dwilndling numbers of young Japanese, these boys were very excited to pose and rough-house for the “gaijin.” I was quickly joined in the photo pool by three hot yankii 20 year old girls.
I’ll post more images over the next few days . .