“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 plea for things to change in Japan made by an American man who has lived there many years.  He recognizes that the perpetuation of “cute”– a phenomenon that began just before I first encountered Japan in 1980, other societal issues has led to more and more men in Japan becoming pedophiles and an increase in assaults on schoolgirls throughout the country.

The Dark Side of Kawaii (Link)

The story of how the cutie culture affected one family is told in “The Six-Foot Bonsai” available through Amazon and other online retailers.


Early 1980’s cute idol Matsuda Seiko…a girl Bonsai aspired to emulate despite being a nearly six-foot tall American!


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