Japan Info offers, this month, a new print newspaper addressing the LGBTQ + theme on the Archipelago with a dossier of 3 journalist articles and a new infographic. Also to be discovered, our meeting with Jun Omura, a Japanese man who soothes bereaved families with his illustrations. Finally in double photo page, meet near Narita airport in a botanical garden.
While LGBT issues are more or less accepted in one part of the Western world, what about Japan, a country that is both exuberant and conservative?
Summary: Colorful archipelago?
On the road to tolerance towards LGBT people
Agnès Redon – Journalist
In the only G7 member country not yet recognizing same-sex marriage, Japan appears to lack tolerance for sexual minorities. However, faced with a conservative power, activists are changing mentalities and Japanese society is opening up more and more to these questions.
Being transgender on the archipelago
Jessy Perié – Journalist
The term “transgender” refers to a person whose sex assigned at birth does not match their lived or perceived gender. This gap can be experienced in different ways, with physical transformation or not in particular. In Japan, however, if a person wishes to change their gender legally, they have to go through a costly, lengthy process with irreversible consequences.
Homosexuality in the media
Phebe Leroyer – Journalist
Painting, theater, television, homosexuality in Japan has seen different representations over the centuries. Images, which underline the evolution of the status granted to gays through the ages.
Infographic: JAPAN & LGBTQ +
Sawara’s Millions of Irises
Art and Diplomacy at Fontainebleau
Emiko Sansalvadore – Journalist
After the sakoku, the isolationist policy, established during the Edo period, which lasted about 200 years, Japan opened its doors to foreigners in 1853. It was in 1858 that the treaty of friendship and trade between the Second French Empire and the Japan is signed, sealing the official opening of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The bakufu, the shogunal government, then sent embassies to France in 1862, 1863 and then 1867 in order to strengthen relations.
The Petit Palais showcases the large donation of 12 works just made by Jean-Marie Rouart, member of the Académie française.
The importance of aging well
Émilie Guyonnet – Journalist
Over the past thirty years, life expectancy has increased by 30%. In 2100, she will be 95 years old, explains journalist Laure Adler in her book The night traveler (Grasset, 2020). She proposes to approach old age not “Like a tragic fate or a general sleepiness, but like an art of living”.
The haiku in 17 keys
Robin Châtellier – Editor
Released in April 2021 by Pippa editions, Le haïku en 17 keys, written by Dominique Chipot, offers us an introduction to the art of haiku, the most famous form of Japanese poetry.
県 The Department
Yves Maniette – Author of the book kanjis in the head
Almost a century after the French Revolution, quickly followed by the creation of our departments, Japan experienced a restoration, under Emperor Mutsuhito known in Japan as Meiji, 明治. This name combines the kanjis of clarity and governance, evoking a kind of enlightened monarch, under whose impetus Japan began its modern development. We can undoubtedly find in documents of the time the motivations which led to the choice of these characters to name the Meiji era.
Meeting: Jun Omura, a link with the deceased
Mathieu Rocher – Journalist
Since 2017, this designer has offered bereaved people the opportunity to create paintings that bring those absent to life. One way to make a bridge between two worlds beyond death.