Takashi Homma Pictures Tokyo’s Resilient Younger Queer Group

Takashi Homma Pictures Tokyo’s Resilient Younger Queer Group
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Takashi Homma Pictures Tokyo’s Resilient Younger Queer Group

This story initially appeared on iD Japan.

Takashi Homma has been capturing for iD because the Nineties, when he moved to London to pursue a profession in trend images. Capturing everybody from unknown road type youngsters to Japanese pop stars, his work has graced our covers and throughout our pages for many years. Desirous to collaborate as soon as extra, we requested the legendary photographer to hit the streets of Tokyo to take portraits of the town’s younger queer group.

In doing so, we requested topics about their lives and the constructive modifications they hope their largely heteronormative society can proceed to result in. The end result? An trustworthy take a look at what it is wish to be LGBTQ+ in Japan as we speak, informed by a sequence of non-public tales.

Takashi Homma Pictures Tokyo’s Resilient Younger Queer Group

Marissa, 24 years outdated, scholar

What’s your job?
I’m a world scholar from China. I’m at present within the second 12 months of the grasp’s diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences on the College of Tsukuba, finding out gender and movie with a deal with the physique. Exterior of college, I manage varied occasions with my pals on social points.

What does queer imply to you?
I believe that queer is a phrase with three meanings: bravery, energy and a spirit that continually breaks boundaries and isn’t topic to the bounds set by society.

What’s the neatest thing about being queer?
Get a brand new perspective on the world and love and assist my pals.

What does freedom imply to you?
I believe it’s one thing that can not be achieved, one thing that doesn’t exist, however for which we should struggle.


a person wearing jeans and a wrinkled green blouse (with bleached streaks in the hair) sits casually on a bench in tokyo

Momo Adachi, 25, workplace employee

How do you establish your self?
Intersex and queer.

What does queer imply to you?
Liberation from heteronormativity and the gender binary.

What do you concentrate on the LGBTQ+ scene in Japan?
I do not assume there may be a lot of a ‘scene’. In any case, I typically really feel that in Japan it’s seen as a pattern or type. I really like home and techno, so I want to see a scene that mixes the queer group and membership music, like in Europe.


a person in bright parachute pants sticks out his pierced tongue at the camera, his head in his hands

Kenvose, 21, dancer

How do you establish your self?
I really feel like placing myself in a field like that might result in slender pondering and residing. I’m me and you might be you. There’s nothing particular about it.

Who’re the individuals who have influenced you? How?
Once I dance, it is Hirohiko Araki, the writer of jojo’s weird journey. Over time, Araki-sensei modified his drawing type as he grew to become extra aesthetically assured. When it comes to broader influences, I am extra influenced by characters from jojoby Sakuragi-kun dunk and Moroha. But additionally the bands Elephant Kashimashi and Sambo Grasp.

What might society normally be taught from the queer group?
I believe that as an alternative of forcing folks to know us, we’d like the folks round us to need to attempt to perceive ourselves. I believe it may be troublesome, however not as troublesome as having to erase your self.


a woman with long straight hair wears a long brown skirt and a beige knit shirt with two gold chains.  she stands on a side street

Honoka Yamasaki, 24, dancer and author

What’s your job?
Throughout the day, I work as a author on the subject of intercourse in relation to queerness, fetish, pornography, and love. At night time, she danced with drag queen Vera Strondh at a homosexual bar in Shinjuku Ni-Chome.

How do you establish your self?

What do you concentrate on the LGBTQ+ scene in Japan?
I really feel that little by little it’s turning into extra frequent. Queer occasions have unfold from Shinjuku Ni-Chome to Shibuya and Harajuku; and the alternatives to satisfy folks have expanded from closed boards to courting apps and IRL venues.

What might society normally be taught from the queer group?
Creativeness. Should you ask a straight individual, “Why do you want the alternative intercourse?” I believe lots of people would assume this can be a unusual query. However simply because it’s pure for a straight individual to be in love with the alternative intercourse, it is pure for an individual to love the identical intercourse, not have romantic emotions within the first place, or not match into a standard field in the case of gender. It is best to all the time query the assumptions you’ve got, and if you uncover one thing you are not accustomed to, it is necessary to make use of your creativeness and continue to learn.

What queer motion pictures/dramas do you suggest?
Park Chan-wook The maid. It represents the love between ladies, however it’s a much less apparent illustration, a lot in order that I do not know if it may be known as a queer movie. It additionally describes varied deviations from gender roles, gender norms, and sophistication.

Are there any stereotypes of queer that you just wish to break?
When some folks hear the phrase queer, they may consider gender neutrality or a scarcity of binary views, however some queer folks get pleasure from each femininity and masculinity. Equally, individuals who establish themselves as male can put on skirts, people who find themselves neither male nor feminine can put on make-up, and gender id, sexual orientation, gender expression, and recorded intercourse are a number of components that aren’t essentially expressed in a single. gender. I believe it is vitally necessary to see folks as people.


a person with blue streaks in their hair and bold eye makeup poses and stares at the camera

Saki Kamiya, artist and choreographer

How do you establish your self?
Pansexual and non-binary or genderqueer.

What do you concentrate on the LGBTQ+ scene in Japan?
I believe persons are pondering an excessive amount of about the necessity to diversify. The creation of various phrases and elevated categorization makes me marvel why we have now to call every little thing. Then I spotted that these phrases aren’t for different folks however for ourselves. I used to really feel awkward and really feel prefer it was onerous to dwell, questioning why I used to be so unenthusiastic about my gender id. I assumed I used to be solely midway there, however now I’ve a reputation for myself and I do know my sense of id will not be loopy. It was a chilled feeling.


a person in a miu miu miniskirt and a snakeskin print shirt poses on a tiled staircase

Minor, 24 years outdated, artist

How do you establish your self?
not binary.

What do you concentrate on the LGBTQ+ scene in Japan?
There are nonetheless individuals who assume that if males put on skirts, heels and nail polish, they’re gay.

Are there any stereotypes of queer folks that you just wish to break?
That in case you put on ladies’s garments or are a bit sloppy, folks assume you are queer.

What’s your aim in life?
Being a world homosexual icon.


a person in a colorful patterned t-shirt, combat pants, and big purple fluffy shoes stands next to a vending machine

Rou, 26, RCv retailer supervisor and kickboxer

What’s your job?
I run a boutique known as RCv and am a passion kickboxer.

How do you establish your self?

And what does queer imply to you?
For me, queer is a broad notion of oneself. Actually, I consider that everybody can have features of themselves that they’re unaware of.

What do you concentrate on the LGBTQ+ scene in Japan?
I really feel like there’s a common lack of expertise of LGBTQ+ folks. Identical-sex relationships are acknowledged, however nonetheless not authorized sufficient. I believe there may be nonetheless an extended interval of wrestle forward. There ought to be lessons in colleges the place sexual range is taught, to construct a society the place it’s acknowledged.


a person wearing denim shorts and a bustier style shirt leans against the side of a paneled building

Yuma Kardashian, 26, YouTuber

How do you establish your self?

The place are your protected areas?
A spot the place I could be with my chosen household, the place I really feel at dwelling.

What do you concentrate on the LGBTQ+ scene in Japan?
Earlier than I got here again from Australia, I assumed that Japan had nothing to supply, particularly Tokyo, however I used to be shocked! The LBGTQ scene is greater than I assumed it will be, and I assumed it had a whole lot of promise.

Who in your life has had the most important affect on you?
My mom. Seeing my mom dwell freely she made me wish to dwell freely too.

How do you assume attitudes in the direction of the queer group in Japanese society could be improved?
Certainly by schooling? I believe that as time goes by, individuals who get that schooling will turn out to be mother and father, so naturally the overall understanding will enhance.

How do you assume queer persons are portrayed on tv and in movie?
I believe it is nice that they have been portrayed in a really constructive gentle currently and you’ll see the enjoyment of being queer. On the similar time, although, I believe it is good for folks to have the ability to see painful experiences and examples of the ache they will trigger.


a person in a motocross shirt and denim shorts is interestingly leaning with his arms above his head in the middle of a tokyo residential street

Hibari, 26, mannequin

How do you establish your self?
lesbian or bisexual.

What does queer imply to you?

I’ve considered queer loads and I nonetheless have a tough time placing it into phrases in a concise approach, however proper now it means I’ve a variety of choices for folks to love and I do not really feel the necessity to categorize. myself as LGBTQ+ or straight or any of these phrases.

What do you concentrate on the LGBTQ+ scene in Japan?
Thanks to varied social networking websites and media, I really feel that increasingly more persons are making an attempt to know the group. I hope that LGBTQ+ folks and individuals who haven’t been uncovered to varied sexualities can improve their understanding in a cheerful and painless approach.

Have you ever had any sort of function mannequin or any artist that has influenced you?
Miliya Kato. Once I was in elementary college, I had doubts about life, college guidelines, and lots of different issues, however after I heard Miliyah Kato’s music, it attracted me and made me really feel assured in my very own coronary heart.

What would you wish to say to your 16 12 months outdated self?
There are numerous types of love, so don’t fret. There’s nothing incorrect with liking a lady!



All images Takashi Homma
Artistic Director Kazumi Asamura Hayashi
Solid Taka Arakawa
Styling by Yuri Nosho
Pictures assistant Yumi Inoue

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