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VIDEO: A Taste of Japan - LGBT Travel

Vinny and Bernard take on Japan, one crazy adventure at a time. **Edit - No, Bernard is not my new "bae" - He's a good friend that I've known middle school. He's positively straight, and has a girlfriend. Ya'll relax lol. ��❤️

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The Shy Gay Guy's How To Guide For Japanese Onsen

The Shy Gay Guy's How To Guide For Japanese Onsen | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Let's start off with a few things specifically for LGBTQ travelers that are good to know prior to showing up at the onsen followed by a general step by step guide to the entire process.  My goal is to make sure you're fully informed and can make a decision about whether onsen is something you'd like to try! 

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IT'S A BATHHOUSE BUT NOT A "BATHHOUSE"

Bathhouses are not a new concept to many in the LGBTQ community, particularly those in the G category.  Gay bathhouses are a common sight in most major Western cities, though the arrival of the internet and smartphone may be curbing younger generations interest or need for such facilities.  Please note that unlike their western gay counterparts, Japanese onsen are generally not a location where men go to meet one another for casual sexual encounters.  Yes, there's an option for soaking in a hot bath.  Yes, there's communal nudity.  But the similarities end there.  Going to an onsen with an expectation of sexual activity or even meeting other LGBTQ individuals will likely end at a minimum with your disappointment and at most with your involvement with the Japanese police force.  

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IT'S A BATHHOUSE BUT NOT A "BATHHOUSE"

Bathhouses are not a new concept to many in the LGBTQ community, particularly those in the G category.  Gay bathhouses are a common sight in most major Western cities, though the arrival of the internet and smartphone may be curbing younger generations interest or need for such facilities.  Please note that unlike their western gay counterparts, Japanese onsen are generally not a location where men go to meet one another for casual sexual encounters.  Yes, there's an option for soaking in a hot bath.  Yes, there's communal nudity.  But the similarities end there.  Going to an onsen with an expectation of sexual activity or even meeting other LGBTQ individuals will likely end at a minimum with your disappointment and at most with your involvement with the Japanese police force.  

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Debut for ITB Berlin’s LGBT Academy in Japan

Debut for ITB Berlin’s LGBT Academy in Japan | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
On 23 and 24 August 2017 the World's leading Travel Trade Show ® will host two workshops on lesbian and gay travel in Tokyo and Kyoto
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Osaka's Yodogawa Ward serves as municipal model on LGBT rights

Osaka's Yodogawa Ward serves as municipal model on LGBT rights | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Since becoming the first municipality in Japan to declare support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in 2013, the Yodogawa Ward Office in Osaka has attracted attention from other institutions keen to learn from its approach.

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The ward first moved to implement measures to help LGBT people after ward chief Masafumi Sakaki met former U.S. Consul General for Osaka-Kobe, Patrick Linehan, who is openly gay, to discuss the issue.

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