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Notes personnelles des editrices. Decouvrez aussi les messages des Tokyo Wrestling friends du monde entier.













Archive "1009年06月"

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Translated by faiyaque
Hello everybody, TW editor Yuki here.

As you may have noticed, we changed the header on TW's home page!

On June 9th, 2007 the Tokyo Wrestling webzine marked its official debut with a fabulous launch party in Los Angeles. This year, just as last year, we thought that redesigning our header would be the perfect way to commemorate our anniversary.

★We're so happy that we've had these two fun-filled years online!★


So, let me give you the inside story on why we chose the design.

Right now, everywhere you turn, sailor style is flooding the mainstream, with Chanel, D&G, Gucci and other major fashion houses all incorporating it into their latest collections. However, the nautical look was part of dyke culture well before it made its way into the commercial fashion industry.

In fact, over the past several years sailor-inspired style has solidly established itself within dyke scenes around the world. While queer women have given the look a dykey twist, at its core lays the eternal classic "sailor man" image, with not-so-subtle queer undertones, that originated from within gay male culture decades ago.

In its original form, the sailor seemed to perfectly embody so many elements of gay male fantasy. Who could deny the allure of strong, bulging muscles under the fine fit of a uniform...or the freedom of a life far from home in a heroic, macho world inhabited solely by men?

It's an image that has inspired artists across generations. Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1982 adaptation of Jean Benet's 1947 novel Querelle of Brest is just one example of the enduring erotic appeal of tales about sailors.

The popular 80s kitsch artists Pierre & Gilles incorporated sailors into much of their work, while out fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier -- known for his own signature striped sailor's top -- also uses the iconic sailor image to advertise his fragrance, Le Mâle.

Pierre & Gilles
※Two examples of Pierre & Gilles' kitsch sailors. This image of two sailors kissing is frequently used at anti-homophobia events in France.


Jean Paul Gaultier/ Le Mâle
※An ad for Jean Paul Gaultier's fragrance, Le Mâle: the defiant stance and teasing, come-and-get-it-if-you-dare look are pure gay.


In the 1990s, Diesel released an ad with a David LaChapelle photograph of two sailors kissing.

DIESEL
※The much talked about 1990s Diesel ad photographed by LaChapelle.


Or you can just head to any Pride parade anywhere in the world today and you'd have a hard time NOT finding people in sailor costume. No matter how you slice it, the sailor look has been an inspiring part of gay art and culture since the last century, and it's here to stay!

In lesbian culture too, the look has taken hold of women who get a kick out of dressing sharp and looking tough. Over the past few years, sailor-inspired designs have playfully broken through onto the contemporary dyke scene.


Dyke fashion designer Parisa Parnian, who worked on wardrobe for season 3 of The L Word, incorporates nautical-inspired images into her own queer clothing line, Rigged/OUTfitters.

RIGGED Out/fitters/レディキラー
※Featured on The L Word, the Rigged/OUTfitters lineup includes this vintage-inspired Lady Killer tee.

The seafaring theme is also readily spotted in queer girl media and at events. The legendary 13-year-old French dyke event, the Ladies Room, used it for one of their recent flyers.

Ladies Room/Flyer
※This flyer for the legendary dyke party, the Ladies Room, sure packs a punch!

And I could go on, but I know you don't have all day. Anyway, all the attention that the sailor look has gotten, including its popularity among TW's own staff, made it a natural choice for our new design.

We modeled the pose of our dyke sailors after the famous poster image of Rosie the Riveter, a symbol of feminism and in-your-face, can-do attitude. By combining the sailor theme with Rosie's symbolism we hoped to create a design inclusive of all dyke, queer, and feminist streams of culture.

We Can Do It !
※Feminist-slash-dyke icon Rosie the Riveter telling the world, "We can do it!"

I hope you all like the new design as much as we do. Tokyo Wrestling would like to thank all our readers for sticking with us these past two years. We're looking forward to bringing you more incredible dyke artists, activists and information for many years to come!

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.

■Tokyo Wrestling would love to hear your comments and thoughts.
Write to us at: contact@tokyowrestling.com.



09.06.26




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TW shop

Great news, people!

For those not yet in the know, resident TW editor and longtime wild child, Asami, has begun moonlighting as the buyer for our TW Online Shop (which you can visit anytime by clicking "shop" in the top menu).

Thanks to all her hard...um, shopping, we now have available an awesome range of dyke-wear from RIGGED OUT/fitters (as worn on set by the lovely L Word ladies), as well as heaps of cool stuff from sensational underground brandsSew Gay and Xkiller out of LA. What's more, we're also offering our very own original Tokyo Wrestling treats -- available nowhere else!!

Taking orders now!

But before you buy, make sure you check out our English guidelines for detailed information about purchasing (ordering, shipping, stock, returns, etc.) from the TW shop.

★Sorry, but Tokyo Wrestling ships ONLY to addresses in Japan. Readers outside of Japan can buy directly from RIGGED OUT/fitters here, Xkiller here, and Sew Gay here.



09.06.23




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Translated by faiyaque
Hello everybody, contributing TW writer Kondo here.

Have I got a treat for you! The queen of electro punk, Peaches, has just released her latest album.... and she's sent a video message in to Tokyo Wrestling just for you!

Check it out -- and don't forget to catch the sassy, subversive, and infinitely cool Peaches at Fuji Rock on July 24th!





☆★☆★☆★☆
★☆★☆★☆★
Peaches==NEW Album==
● Peaches - I Feel Cream
● 2,580 yen (incl tax)
Performing at Fuji Rock on Friday, July 24th
www.myspace.com/peaches

☆★☆★☆★☆
★☆★☆★☆★

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.



09.06.17




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Translated by faiyaque
Hello everybody, TW editor Asami here!

As promised, I've got photos from TW's post-interview fashion shoot with the Brooklyn-based electro rock unit Telepathe. The fashion photographs were taken in collaboration with street fashion photography webzine DropSnap and towards the end of this post, I'll also include some shots from Telepathe's live performance at the electro party Vanity on May 29th!

First of all, after the interview, Telepathe and the TW-DropSnap crew headed out to Marios Left Tanker in Ebisu, the only store in Tokyo to carry the Dutch lesbian art quarterly Girls Like Us (GLU).

Telepathe/Leo/Peli

※Here Telepathe stop for a shot with model Leo and stylist/DJ Peli. Melissa has in hand GLU MUSIC #1, a compilation CD with tunes by Telepathe and 16 other artists -- all diligently selected by GLU editors.

Telepathe/テレパシー

※After shopping at Marios Left Tanker, Telepathe model their style for DropSnap.


Telepathe/Cassette Playa

※Busy's technicolor sneakers feature graphics from British fashion designer Cassette Playa, M.I.A.'s go-to girl for style.

Leo

※Leo wears an Xkiller V-neck tee, a hit-seller on TW's online shop.


Leo


Peli

※Peli wears the newly stocked "Titties'n'Beer!" T-shirt in white and, on her beret, a Homo Arigato button -- both available at TW's online shop.

Peli


Telepathe/Leo/Peli

※Telepathe, Leo, and Peli after the DropSnap shoot looking absolutely HOT!!!

★To see the DropSnap photos with Telepathe, Leo, and Peli, follow the link here.


And now a couple shots from the electro party Vanity on May 29th.

Telepathe

Telepathe

※Again, Telepathe flaunt the irresistibly wild & colorful style of Cassette Playa.

Shots from Telepathe's performance on May 29th are also on the DropSnap site. Be sure to check 'em out!

★Telepathe's MySpace page: www.myspace.com/telepathe

★For Tokyo Wrestling's interview with Telepathe, follow the link here.

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.

■Tokyo Wrestling would love to hear your comments and thoughts.
Write to us at: contact@tokyowrestling.com.



09.06.13




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Cynthia Nixon Yahoo News

Hello everybody, TW editor Yuki here!

I’m happy to report that we've received a ton of messages here at TW about Cynthia Nixon's engagement!

Looking at posts on the Japanese SNS site mixi, it was awesome to see so many straight members of the Sex and the City and other communities offering their heartfelt congrats to Nixon and her partner. No sooner had we posted a Japanese translation of Nixon's speech than we began receiving what became a number of emails from straight folks in Japan sharing just how moved they were by Cynthia's message. One person wrote, "I cried when I read Cynthia's speech. It was so touching. Thank you for posting the translation!" You can almost see the prejudice fading in Japan, just as it is in the rest of the world, as positive exposure to more of our stories and voices grows.

Up until six years ago, Nixon was quietly living a "straight" life, raising a family with her former (male) partner in a long-term, non-nuptial relationship. In the years since, she's gone through a whirlwind of amazing changes. It was wonderful when she first came out about having a girlfriend, but who would have guessed that she would soon emerge as one of the foremost gay activists in the popular media!? I, for one, have been blown away by this transformation. Miranda was my favorite character in Sex and the City way before Nixon came out (honest!). So as far as I’m concerned this couldn’t be more perfect.

I wonder though, what inspired this great change in her? As a straight woman, she was able to live free from homophobic prejudice and marry, if she so chose, the man she loved. As soon as she decided to stand by her same-sex partner, however, all legal rights pertaining to their family were suddenly stripped away. Perhaps she couldn’t help but be struck by the enormous gap that exists between how straight and gay couples are recognized.

I may have gotten a little sidetracked here.... actually the point of this post was to let you know that on the day after Nixon announced her engagement, Japan's Yahoo! News told her story, along with a link to our TW article. This is, in fact, the second time Yahoo! News has picked up a TW article -- the first time being our interview with Last Friends screenwriter Taeko Asano in 2008!

I am very happy to see that Yahoo! News chose to highlight an article from the indie lesbian press instead of from the mainstream media. TW was established in the hopes of bringing queer culture to the Japanese mainstream, where you almost never see it. I now feel more than ever that all the love and time we have invested has been well worth it!

I’m also totally thrilled that we've connected with so many straight readers in Japan, too, so a big thanks to each one of you. And I want to let you know that we welcome your feedback on our articles and topic suggestions for future articles. To make it easier for you to send us emails, we’re going to start including our email address at the end of each article. Please feel free to write to us any time. We look forward to hearing from you!

【Cynthia Nixon news on TW】

Cynthia Nixon speaks on CNN about Prop 8
Sex & the City: Japan Premier Report
★(June 2008) More News on Cynthia & Christine
★(May 2008) Cynthia Nixon

■Tokyo Wrestling would love to hear your comments and thoughts.
Write to us at: contact@tokyowrestling.com.



09.06.12




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Tokyo Pride Festival 2009
※Taping of NHK's Haato O Tsunago (Heart-to-Heart) on Saturday, May 23rd at the Tokyo Pride Festival.

Hello everybody, TW editor Yuki here!

I was wondering how everybody liked the first annual Tokyo Pride Festival held on Saturday, May 24th?! The TW team was there to cover the event and, even though we were kept busy with a bit of work, we all had so much fun!

First of all, we started the day with an excellent impromptu video and photo shoot with openly lesbian gravure idol Ayaka Ichinose, who I had just interviewed the week before! It's fantastic that she found time between jobs to soak up the loving vibes at Pride. She was super cute and absolutely beaming - but who wouldn't be on a sunny morning in Yoyogi, surrounded by so many LGBTers!

Right before noon, I couldn't help but notice that women were visibly gravitating en masse towards the event stage where there was a wonderful panel discussion with "Honey & Honey" author Sachiko Takeuchi, singer Michiru Sasano, and Love Piece Club's Minori Kitahara.

In the afternoon, there was a live onstage taping of the NHK TV program Haato O Tsunago (Heart-to-Heart) with enough space to seat all the curious Tokyo Pride attendees. This glitzy addition to the Pride event really set this year's festivities apart from previous years.

The tremendous crowd that gathered at Yoyogi on the day included more than a few mainstream media stars and absolutely everyone was sunny and bursting with energy. Needless to say, spending the day covering Pride was both exciting and rewarding, from start to end. I know that many folks were disappointed that no parade was held this year, but personally, I still think this year's Pride Festival was the best yet seeing that it attracted so many (straight and queer) prominent figures.

In particular, out gay entertainer Ken Maeda, was the center of much attention. Onstage he shared his experiences coming out and gave inspirational advice reminding us all of the power of our voices. I heard one gay man sitting behind me comment on how eloquently Maeda delivered his message. His words touched many people. I do hope that everyone who couldn't come to the Pride Festival will be able to watch Haato O Tsunago. I will also be sure to update you on our exclusive interview with Maeda in a few days, in which he shared his thoughts on the gay scenes in New York and Nichome.

Tokyo Wrestling also interviewed Setagaya assembly member Aya Kamikawa, a famous civil rights advocate and the first transgender woman to run for public office in Japan; Chair of the Social Democratic Party Mizuho Fukushima; transgender man and author of the book "Double Happiness" Ayano Sugiyama, novelist Ira Ishida, and performer Sonin, among others. Their messages for TW readers were all very moving.

I just wanted to post briefly to give you an idea of the day, but we'll be bringing you a more detailed report shortly - so be sure to check back!

★Tokyo Pride Festival's official site: www.tokyo-pride.org/festival

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.

■Tokyo Wrestling would love to hear your comments and thoughts.
Write to us at: contact@tokyowrestling.com.



09.06.10




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Translated by faiyaque

Hello everyone, TW editor Asami here!

After causing quite a stir in the United States last year, "Legalize Gay" tees - the American Apparel-made T-shirt with a queer-friendly message - are now on sale here in Japan.

American Apparel/Legalize Gay

The T-shirt broadcasts the statement "Legalize Gay - Repeal Prop 8 Now" in large print, delivering its message sharply with American Apparel's signature simplicity in design and vivid colors.

As we’ve covered in the pages of TW before, Prop 8 (Proposition 8) is a ballot initiative which, once passed, brought an end to legalized same-sex marriages in California last year. On their official website, American Apparel has voiced dismay over the passing of Prop 8 and states emphatically, "We're proud to stand against Prop 8 and what it represents."

The company goes on to say that they originally produced this tee for distribution at rallies and marches against Prop 8 last November. "Many of our employees and customers [identify] as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered...[and] scores of our employees were on the front lines of protests in Los Angeles." Impressed by the positive response they received, American Apparel explains that they then decided to print more T-shirts to sell to the public.

American Apparel states that they've donated "Legalize Gay" T-shirts to Harvey Milk High School (a high school opened in 2003 with the mission of providing a safe space for students to attend classes and study free from harassment) and plan to donate additional tees to organizations in San Francisco that support same-sex marriage.

On the website, the company also refers to the controversy that erupted due to their sale of Butt magazine in their stores. When conservative groups applied pressure on the chain to prohibit what they called "pornography," American Apparel refused to stop stocking the magazine and was commended for its "willing[ness] to embrace...gay sexual expression."

American Apparel does not yet have much of a presence in Japan, but this gay-friendly corporation can be found advertising in the pages of Tokyo Wrestling's own favorite Dutch lesbian art magazine Girls Like Us.

Now you too can grab this T-shirt here in Japan and show your support for dykes in the United States!

★For American Apparel's "Legalize Gay", see www.americanapparel.net/legalizegay

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.



09.06.08




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Telepathe
※Interviewing Telepathe at a cafe in Ebisu. To the left is Busy and the right, Melissa.

Hello everybody, TW editor Yuki here!

Just last week I met with Telepathe for a long, up close and personal interview! Afterward, a photographer for street fashion magazine DropSnap joined a TW contributor and I as we took the duo over to Marios Left Tanker for some fun. I'll be posting more about our adventures later!

Telepathe
※DropSnap's photo shoot with Telepathe.


★DropSnap: www.dropsnap.jp/pc/snap

★Telepathe's MySpace page:www.myspace.com/telepathe

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.



09.06.03




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Translated by faiyaque

Telepathe
※The very cool Brooklyn-based unit, Telepathe, backstage at
Daikanyama's UNIT before their show on May 26th.

Hello everybody, TW editor Yuki here!

Just last week I headed over to Daikanyama to catch Telepathe's live performance at Club UNIT for a special TW report! I also met up with Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais backstage for a video interview, which I'll be posting shortly!

There's no denying that the sound and look of this duo are both extremely hot! For me, the best thing was being able to hear live the unique, hypnotic euphony of my favorite tunes, "Michael," "Chrome's on it," and "So Fine" - all from their newly released album.

Before long I'll be posting TW's interview with Telepathe - so be sure to check back! The Telepathe interview is here!

★Telepathe's MySpace page: www.myspace.com/telepathe

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.



09.06.03




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