Cicada Memories

Semi no nakigoe o kikoeru to, Sadogashima no ma-natsu omoidasu. Semi no kara o mitsukeru to, sono natsu no yo wa sugu.   "Whenever I hear the cicada's cry I recall Sado Island's mid-summer. When I find a cicada carcass shell, that summer night is close at hand."  

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“The Dark Side of Kawaii” A YouTube Plea Against the Normalization of Children Portrayed as Sex Objects in Japan

As the ex-wife of a Japanese man with a "lolita complex" and the author of "The Six-Foot Bonsai," I'm always on the lookout for articles and stories that support my position that the idolization, commodification and sexualization of Japanese young girls is a serious cultural issue. The video linked below is a candid but measured … Continue reading “The Dark Side of Kawaii” A YouTube Plea Against the Normalization of Children Portrayed as Sex Objects in Japan

…And They Said, “You are More Japanese than Japanese”

Much of what was portrayed was natural preteen behavior, but some scenes were uncompromisingly vulgar-- drawn for the voyeuistic pleasure of men.  In all cases, private parts of both males and females were poorly disguised, though in some fashion blurred or muted.  In some cases vaginas were depicted as voids or black holes. It seemed … Continue reading …And They Said, “You are More Japanese than Japanese”