Shikoku Stonewall Tour 1st Stop: Kochi prefecture

For four consecutive months we are having a Stonewall event in each prefecture. In July we had our first stop, Kochi-prefecture. Stonewall contacted some enthusiastic JETs residing in Kochi and the rest was history (hey that rhymes!). On that day, we combined bowling, fine dining at a great burger restaurant, and the exploration of Hirome Ichiba (famous open food market). As the night winded down we visited a friendly gar bar in the area. The owner was nice, friendly, and supplied us with food, plus a nice environment to hang out. The weekend’s success tasted as good as the takaki (seared tuna well-known in kochi)😗.

Thank you to Casey, Erin, and Rowan for making such a fun Stonewall Kochi event possible! ANYone is welcome to our next event; whether you are part of the LGBT community or a noble ally, please come!

Kochi’s Hirome Ichiba! A bustling open food market with delicious ice cream and Kochi’s famous product takaki (seared tuna).

Purikura time~

Stonewall LGBT+ Weekend in Atami!



Want to spend a weekend with new LGBT+ friends?
Can you speak conversational English + Japanese?
Stonewall is hosting a bilingual weekend in Atami, so come
and join us for discussions, koyo, onsen, ryokan and more! Come with friends, by yourself, it’s sure to be a nice weekend.

Date: November 5-6th (Saturday – Sunday)
Place: Atami、Shizuoka
Price: TBA (about 10,000円 for 1 night stay + dinner on Sat evening)

Basic Rules:
1.Participants must understand the concept of a safe space, this is an absolute judgment free event.
2. Everyone must respect the different levels of English and Japanese language capabilities of other participants.
3. Participants must be a self-identified LGBTQ member or ally (Important note: Most discussion topics (coming out, career as an LGBT, same-sex marriage) may not be directly relevant to allies and we ask for strict discretion of LGBT participants from everyone.)

Application Process:

a. If you’d like to join us, please fill in this survey…

b. The deadline for sign-ups are October 9th.

c. All participants must pay the full amount by October 16th.

d. On the morning of November 5th, a group of people from each of Tokyo, Yokohama, Shizuoka and Nagoya regions will arrange to meet up, and head towards Atami.

e. Participants from other regions need to arrange their own travel arrangements.

f. We will all stay at a LGBTQ-friendly place (hopefully a ryokan) with an onsen and have dinner!

g. There will be discussions and group activities throughout the day such as seeing the koyo, and sightseeing (but it’s not mandatory).

h. After check-out on the morning of November 6th, participants should feel free to stay in Atami, make another trip or go home.

Things to note:

Language – The working language will be English; however, important public announcements are also made in Japanese. Conversational level of both languages would be preferable for the purposes of discussion, but not required.

Age – Participants must be at least 20. If you are 18 or 19, however, please contact us and we may be able to accommodate.

Onsen – We understand that some people may not be interested in visiting an onsen or feel they are not suitable for them, so this is an optional activity. An alternate activity is arranged for those who do not wish to go to an onsen.

For any questions or more details, please contact Yuki Shirato at [] or Louis Williams at [].

We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Stonewall Japan



日程: 11月5日(土)~6日(日)
場所: 熱海
料金: 10,000円程度(1泊1食)

2.  英語での会話に参加(会話レベルは不問)
3.  LGBTQかアライ(ただし、ディスカッションは主にLGBTQメンバー対象。また、LGBTQメンバーのプライバシーを全参加者が遵守)

a. ここで、10月9日までに、基本情報をエントリー!

b. 10月16日までに全額を振り込み。

c.  11月5日の出発前に再度ご連絡します(東京、名古屋などから集団出発、または個人で交通手配)。


1. 基本的に20歳以上のみ。18、19歳の場合は、個別に連絡ください。


質問があれば、write.yuki@gmail.comか までEメールください。


Kitakyushu Rainbow Pride @ Katsuyama Park

Hooray!!! The very first Kitakyushu Pride has successfully ended! Thanks to all the great efforts of the organizers, students of University of Kitakyushu, dozens of NPOs and others. 👏👏

More than 100 participants from different regions in Japan (from Hokkaido to Kyushu) gathered at Katsuyama Park not only to show their pride and support of LGBTQIA+ community but also to send warm and heartfelt messages to those who were suffering from the recent Kumamoto earthquakes.

Participants were divided into three sections:

(1) All for different and all are good 〜みんな違ってみんないい〜

(2) Want to know everyone〜 色々な人がいるってことを知りたい〜

(3) Our lives are free 〜自由に自分らしく生きたい〜

We set off from Katsuyama Park at 2 p.m. and marched around the commercial center of Kokura City for about an hour. Along the way, we’d been waving and greeting to passengers, sending the message of rainbow love. :))

Back to the main venue, we had a group of spectacular performers: drag queens, a famous queer flute player, an openly gay American-Japanese musician, a local queer boyband, … You name it, we’ve got it! Their excellent performances brought loads of positive energy to the pride and springtime!

Hope more to come next year!!! 🙂


やっぱ愛ダホ in 福岡 (IDAHO in Fukuoka) was held on a bright Saturday, May 21, 2016, @ Kego Park, Fukuoka park to send the ‘rainbow of love’ to everyone present.

Here are some highlights/interesting segments from the event:

– Rainbow Tunes – a billboard featuring information about some queer musicians and queer-related music – from k.d. Lang’s Constant Craving to MIKA’s Celebrate (It is a perfect way to queer up your playlist. Meanwhile, by spotlighting some out musicians it sent a message that you can be queer and successful).

– IDAHO Rainbow Photo Booth – a place where you can capture some your sweet moments with the beautiful rainbow background

– “Yes to Sexual Diversity” message booth – a place to share thoughts on LGBTQIA+ community for a more inclusive world

– Billboard on local LGBTQIA+ organizations/networks

– Pray for Rainbow booth – a charity project in supporting queer people suffering from Kumamoto earthquakes

Looking forward to your visit next year! : )



Vigils Across Japan for Orlando Shooting Victims

In the wake of the recent tragedies in Orlando, we thank everybody in the community who has come together and shown your support with us at this difficult time.  For more information about the vigils in Tokyo and Osaka on Saturday 18th June that we are in collaboration in organising, please visit our events page.

Thank you.


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Japan Times / Daisuke Kikuchi

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