Gay Culture in Japanese History

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Oct 19, 2013 23:01
Yesterday, I uploaded a post about a study tour to the US about the LGBT marketing.
Today, I searched for the LGBT history in Japan to learn about the market more for planning the tour.
I was surprised by the article of Wikipedia.
It mentions that how generous to the LGBT culture our ancestors were.
We can find the first record in Japanese history on “Nihonshoki”, which was written in 720.
The gay culture spreaded to the public through the Buddhism in medial times, during Nara and Heian period.
Gay culture was very popular among Samurais including famous military commanders, Nobunaga Oda, Shingen Takeda, and so on.
It was related the Japanese traditional culture like Noh, Kyogen and Kabuki.
There were many Japanese traditional woodblock prints,Ukiyoe, which depicted the sexual activities between men.
It was just after the Meiji-ishin, which Japan opened the country in 1868, that the gay culture was avoided because of the western culture.