||shorthand for “anus” or “anal” in gay magazines and publications or when messaging friends in situations where character count is limited.
||slang for “anus” (lit. hole)
||a masculine gay man who is mature in both actions and appearance. (lit. older brother) ** If the man speaks and behaves femininely, he is called nee san, which means “older sister”
||a trans woman who has undergone breast augmentation surgery but still has male genitalia. ** In the case where they have undergone sex reassignment surgery, they are referred to as arinashi
||asexual (understood in Japanese to be asexual aromantic)
||a Japanese gay magazine targeting lean and muscular young men
||1) refers to various popular gay magazines, including Bara Kei, first published in 1961, Bara, first published in 1964, and Bara Zoku, published in 1971. The term was in use until around 1980. 2) an outdated derogatory term for gay people. It once held the same weight that calling someone okama or homo has in modern times. 3) a misappropriated term used in the western word to refer to Japanese gay comics
||adept at being both a top and a bottom
||exclusively a top
||Exclusively a bottom
||Bear = kuma kei
||An adult video arcade (lit. video box)
||A worker at a gay brothel (lit. “boy”)
||a personal advertisement section commonly printed in gay magazines that was popular before the spread of the internet. Gay men could submit their information to the publisher to be printed. If a reader found someone that they liked, they could send a letter through the publisher, who would redirect the letter to the recipient. (lit. correspondence column)
||A chance bottle describes a situation at a gay bar where a customer’s bottle keep is almost empty, therefore creating a chance that the customer will purchase a new bottle. ** Not a term exclusive to gay bars.
||jiryou ishi no nai
||No-hormones / non-op
||Neutrality; sexlessness; androgyny; androgyne; neuter; neuter gender; between man and woman
||An overweight man with an attraction to other men of the same body type. Shorthand for debu sen debu (lit: fat fat-fetishist)
||daisan no sei
||term for trans men who are attracted to other trans men
||disguise oneself as [be dressed like] a man; wear [be in] men’s clothes
||1) a person who is sexually attracted to anyone of the same sex regardless of their appearance 2) a person whose sexual attraction cannot be narrowly defined by specific type 3) a person who is sexually attracted to wide range of types.
||used to describe the first time one has experienced an aspect of the gay world **for example, gei baa debyuu; one’s first time going to a gay bar.
||short for 堂山町, or Douyama-chou. This district is Osaka’s answer to Shinjuku Ni-Chome
||gay FTM; a trans man who identifies as gay (attracted to men)
||female-to-x gender / unknown gender / gender other than woman
||famu; femi; femu
||a derogatory term used by gay men towards women who enjoy “Boy’s Love” genre comics (lit. rotten girl)
||a derogatory term used by gay men towards women who enjoy “Boy’s Love” genre comics (lit. rotten cunt)
||a person who prefers middle aged to elderly men ** This term is used more commonly than oke sen.
||a hypocritical gay man who holds himself above others despite his own behavior being bad
||shorthand for “gay” in gay magazines and publications or when messaging friends in situations where character count is limited.
||ii emu pii dii
||acronym for the spectrum of full-figured men; “gacchiri, mucchiri, pocchari, debu” (lit: solidly built, plump, chubby, fat)
||a Japanese gay magazine targeting full-figured men
||a man whose body is solidly-built but with a substantial amount of excess weight. ** A man whose body is solidly-built but with a substantial amount of excess weight.
||a man whose body is solidly-built, but with bit of plumpness. ** The use of this term is subjective and varies between individuals.
||a man with a short but well-built, stout physique ** The use of this term is subjective and varies between individuals.
||a man with a well-built and stout physique (lit. solidly built) ** The use of this term is subjective and varies between individuals.
||a person with a preference for non-Japanese men. ** In this context, non-Japanese refers to western, white men.
||1) to leave a gay bar with the tab still open in order to visit another shop, with the intention of coming back to the bar to resume drinking later on. 2) to leave a bath house with the intention of returning later on. Depending on the establishment, this may be free or cost a re-entry fee.
||rough anal sex
||a derogatory term for a skinny man.
||a fetish for manual laborers, such as construction workers, plumbers, ect.
||gay pornography (gay video)
||a gay beach; a beach where gay people gather, often located in a hidden area
||comics made by gay men for gay men with gay romance as a theme (gay comics)
||a gay club event (lit. gay night)
||novels written by gay men for gay men with gay romance as a theme (lit. gay novels)
||a gay village; gay neighborhood (gay town)
||gay-themed magazines (lit. gay magazine)
||a once popular but now illegal synthetic drug, often watered down and taken rectally by bottoms before anal sex
||In Japanese gay pornography, this is the man who often acts as the “top” for the adult video model. This moniker comes from the fact that he often wears swimming goggles to conceal his face in order not to deter attention from the model. (lit. goggle man)
||a gay member of the leather subculture / a leatherman
||to have casual sex
||a cruising spot; a gay bath house
||a man with shortly-clipped hair and a full beard
||the name of a popular gay sauna in Osaka’s Douyama-Chou.
||when someone’s homosexuality is known/obvious to everyone around them, even though they have not come out.
||houteki na sei
||expression (can be used to refer to gender expression)
||a derogatory term used to describe a gay man with a stereotypically gay out- ward appearance, including but not limited to a muscular build, short hair, well-kept facial hair, and wearing preppy, western, brand-named clothing
||1) a blanket term for men with a rough appearance including (but not limited to) single eyelids and thick eyebrows. This term can also be applied to full-figured and short-and-stout men. 2) generally used to describe simple and unsophisticated men.
||the opposite sex
||gender-free, commonly referred to as gender-blind in English
||jendaa kwia; jendaa kuia
||jendaa riron; jendaa ron
||jiko douitsu sei
||self-identity (can be used in reference to gender)
||josei kara dansei he
||from female to male; FTM; transman
||(of a man) wearing women’s clothing; drag in women’s clothing
||woman assumed to not be a tans woman or crossdresser
||a handsome young man, reminiscent of the male idols of “Johnny & Associates, Inc.” (lit. Johnny type)
||a man wearing clothing intended for females
||referring to members of the Japanese Self-Defense Force
||the sex act where two women rub their vulva together; tribalism, tribbing
||Member’s Only ** “Member’s Only” signs are posted on doors or signboards for gay bars, but there is actually no need to register for anything. The signs are used to deter straight men and women from entering the bar.
||kamingu auto; kamu auto
||coming out (of the closet)
||1) a woman used to conceal a man’s homosexuality. 2) a sham marriage used to conceal a man’s homosexuality. (lit. camouflage)
||a gay bar that also welcomes women and straight men (lit. sight-seeing bar)
||a person who places importance on a person’s face rather than their body type when selecting a partner.
||a person who places importance on a person’s body type rather than their face when selecting a partner.
||karada wa dansei, kokoro wa josei
||female mind in a male body (metaphor for transwoman)
||karada wa josei, kokoro wa danei
||male mind in a female body (metaphor for transman)
||ass/arse; asshole/arsehole **ketsu literally means ass/arse but is often used as shorthand for asshole/arsehole
||ketsu hori buranko
||a sex swing
||ass pussy; bussy; mussy
||kokoro no sei
||nature of the heart/mind (can be used in reference to gender identity)
||intercourse (lit. copulation)
||a positive euphemism indicating that another man is also a homosexual (lit. union member)
||a bath house (lit. cruising space)
||a heterosexual man who occasionally seeks out oral sex from men
||kwia riron; kwia ron
||MTF/transwoman who is a lesbian
||MTF/transwoman who is a lesbian
||male-to-x gender/unknown gender/gender other than man
||someone who, at a gay bar or bath house, chooses to passively wait for someone they like to come to them, rather than actively pursuing someone.
||the owner of a gay bar. There are also cases where they are called “master”. However, whether or not the owner prefers to be called “mama” or “master” is based on their own preference.
||pussy; the anus (when referring to a gay man)
||in fat fetishism, someone who prefers men over 100 kilograms
||a large room in a cruising space with futons laid out (lit. mixed room)
||a staff member at a gay bar
||very physically sensitive, especially in regards to the anus and nipples
||mune o tsubusu dougu
||to flatten/bind the chest with an implement (such as a binder)
||gay FTM; gay transman
||the main street of Shinjuku Ni-Chome
||sex without a condom; bareback (lit. raw)
||barebacking; having sex without a condom
||(gay) the receptive partner in anal sex; bottom / (lesbian) loose equivalent to “femme”
||to fall asleep or pretend to fall asleep at a bath house or adult video arcade while waiting for a sexual partner.
||Shinjuku Ni-Chome; an area of Shinjuku, Tokyo, which is known for having hundreds of gay entertainment establishments.
||a euphemism for penis; meat stick
||no gender identity
||straight; a straight man
||asexual (understood in Japanese to be asexual aromantic)
||gerontophile; a person with a sexual attraction to the elderly
||FTM; transman; FAAB individual experiencing gender dysphoria
||onabe no homo
||gay FTM; gay trans man
||masturbation (lit. onanism)
||a feminine style of speech used by some Japanese gay men
||onnamono o kiru
||to wear women’s clothing
||womanly; feminine; effeminate
||womanly; ladylife; feminine
||a man who enjoys rough sex, such as acting domineering and speaking in an aggressive manner. ** This term has recently become dissociated with its gay roots, and commonly refers to a type of male fashion in Japan.
||an oraora kei man who is also the receptive partner in anal sex.
||a euphemism for semen; man juice; cum
||otoko demo onna demo nai
||neither man nor woman
||role of a man (as in a play for performance)
||shorthand for “penis” in gay magazines and publications or when messaging friends in situations where character count is limited
||an apparel company headquartered in Shibuya with designs popular among gay men. Their underwear is often worn by male models in gravure photo- graphs or adult videos
||partner (can be used for neutral term for significant other)
||“passing goods” – items to help with transgender passing
||HIV positve (lit. positive)
||a gay man who is deeply involved in gay endeavors, such as owning a bar, appearing in gay pornographic videos or gravure photo books and so on (lit. pro)
||poppers (lit. rush)
||an abbreviation for lesbian (lit. les) **Sometimes it has a negative connotation when it is not used by the person.
||a lipstick lesbian; a lesbian woman who exhibits a greater amount of feminine gender attributes relative to other gender expressions, such as wearing make-up (thus, lipstick), wearing dresses or skirts and having other characteristics associated with feminine women
||a type of traditional Japanese underwear
||both sexes; both man and woman
||fluid (can be used to describe gender)
||a Japanese gay magazine targeting older, full-figured men
||shorthand for “super gacchiri”, a body type name proposed by the magazine G-Men. It was widely used from the mid 90’s to early 00’s ** The use of this term is subjective and varies between individuals
||shameless, lustful, wild sex (lit. copulation) ** Sakaru means copulation, but usually in reference to animals
||a euphemism for penis, (lit. rod)
||a man with a monkey-like appearance. The general stereotype is a man single eyelids and short, light brown dyed hair
||safe sex (lit. safe)
||distinction by sex; sex; gender
||gender unknown / ambiguous
||seibestsu ni genron
||theory of binary gender
||seibestsu ni towarenai
||to not be bound by sex or gender distinctions
||seibestsu no kubun
||seibestsu no nai
||unsexed; without gender
||seibestu o kongou suru hito
||seibestu o nejimageru hito
||regardless of gender
||sex reassignment (gender affirming) surgery
||seibutsugakuteki niwa dansei
||biologically male (assigned male at birth)
||seibutsugakuteki niwa josei
||biologically female (assigned female at birth)
||Gender Identity Disorder (GID)
||(relating to) gender; sex; sexual
||sex chang operation
||a suffix in Japanese which means “having a fetish for…”
||a gay man who is active in parties and loves posting selfies with his boyfriend and/or other friends on social networking sites (lit. shiny gay)
||gender, social aspect of gender
||shisujendaa no tokan
||a lesbian who is married to a man
||a man who enjoys wearing women’s clothing
||shussho no sei
||assigned sex at birth
||a body type characterized by a skinny and muscular frame
||a body type characterized by a skinny and muscular frame
||a straight man person
||(gay) top; insertive partner in anal sex / (lesbian) “boyish,” loose equivalent to “butch”
||tachishon; tachishon pakka
||stand to pee; STP packer
||coming inside another man’s anus; seeding
||an online message board service provided by gay online dating sites used to unite men who are looking to contact someone they saw at a gay event or bath house ** Similar to the “missed connections” section on the site “Craigslist”
||tokusei saranai seibetsu
||sex or gender not specified
||a derogatory term referring to full-figured men who are attracted to and seek out other full-figured men. (lit. cannibalism)
||bottom; the receptive partner in anal sex
||1) a male prostitute 2) a rent boy 3) a gay brothel
||refers to straight friends to whom one is out
|X-gender; Xジェンダー; エックスジェンダー
||an identity label in Japan, analogous to the terms non-binary, agender, and genderqueer in English
||a Japanese jargon term for content and a genre involving love between men in manga, anime, and related Japanese media; yaoi focuses on the sexual orientation or the romantic orientation aspects of the relationship, or both, the latter of which sometimes being called shōnen-ai by Western fandom (also known as BL, boys love)
||refer to a cruising spot (lit. fucking room)
||in regards to online SNS dating services, this indicates that one is just looking for sex rather than for friends or a significant other (lit. looking to fuck)
||hooking up with someone, and thereafter, cutting all communication with them (lit. fuck and throw away)
||friend with benefits (lit. sex friend, fuck buddy)
||a fetish for manual laborers, such as construction workers or other blue-collar workers; a person who prefers dirty or sweaty men, for example, after heavy physical labor
||a homonym of the Japanese word for “positive”, yousei is sometimes used as a euphemism for an HIV positive man (lit. fairy)
||used to describe sports uniform fetishism, for example, baseball, soccer, rugby, and so on
||a Japanese jargon term for content and a genre involving love between women in manga, anime, and related Japanese media; Yuri focuses on the sexual orientation or the romantic orientation aspects of the relationship, or both, the latter of which sometimes being called shōjo-ai by Western fandom (also known as GL, girls love)
||describes a man with a plump body type
||all sexes; pangender