Tokyo Wrestlingエディターズの編集後記。編集にまつわる裏話や、世界をまたぐTokyo Wrestlingフレンズからのお便りを紹介。
Personal notes from our editors. Also discover postcards from TW friends around the world!
Notes personnelles des editrices. Decouvrez aussi les messages des Tokyo Wrestling friends du monde entier.













Archive "1010年01月"

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Judith Halberstam
※Queer studies scholar Judith Halberstam, after the lecture at Tokyo University’s Komaba campus.

A while back I attended a lecture by Judith Halberstam, a researcher in the field of queer and transgender studies, and I wanted to share a little about it here.

The talk, given at Tokyo University's Komaba campus, went extremely well thanks in part to the active participation of the audience. The venue itself was full, with the diverse range of sexualities represented indicating the extent of the current interest in transgender studies. During the latter half of this intriguing session, Halberstam screened trailers for three documentaries dealing with transgender issues from the perspective of three different countries. The films were "The Aggressives" (2005, USA), "Fremde Haut" (English title: "Unveiled") (2005, Germany), and "Bubot Niyar" (English title: "Paper Dolls") (2006, Israel).

Halberstam pointed out that in the last 10 years, films taking on transgender issues have changed dramatically since the release of the US film "Boys Don't Cry". This 1999 film, based on the true story of a transgender teenager, clearly had a huge impact on audiences around the world.

Part of this change, as the three film trailers made clear, is a broadening of focus to encompass not only transgender issues to but also issues related to immigration and race, which for me was particularly interesting.

We will have more about Judith Halberstam in upcoming postings, so please come back later!



10.01.17




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CASSETTE PLAYA/Carri Munden
※Carri Munden, designer for the up-and-coming London-based brand Cassette Playa, made an appearance at Le Baron on November 7th.

As mentioned in last month’s Tokyo Wrestling Info, Carri Munden of Cassette Playa, the latest in luxury street fashion design, came to Tokyo for an appearance at the club Le Baron.

CASSETTE PLAYA/Carri Munden
※Carri in a jacket she made with Phenomenon.

TW met Carri backstage before the event for an interview, which we plan to post later in the Articles section. For now we wanted to share a few photos from the evening with you!

CASSETTE PLAYA/Carri Munden
※Carri’s new hairstyle in pastel colors is perfect for Tokyo!
The jacket in the picture is one she designed with Nike.

CASSETTE PLAYA/Carri Munden
※TW’s favorite band Telepathe, a band that Carri loves too,
was playing in the background for Carri's onstage interview!

Even though she was busy preparing for her DJ set later in the evening, Carri made some time to speak with us before the event. First of all, we were absolutely charmed by her super cool and cute attitude! Carri shared, "I loved hanging out in Akihabara. The maid cafes are so much fun!" Among her key inspirations she lists Tutankhamun and ancient culture, right alongside video games and some of her favorite elements of youth culture today.


CASSETTE PLAYA/Carri Munden

In addition, she talked about her collaboration with Telepathe and her favorite spots in London. We'll have the interview up soon, along with her special video message for TW readers!

Le Baron
※Tons of Carri's fans were present at the event. As DJ, she rocked the house with
a widely range of beats covering everything from hard rock to hip-hop to La Roux hits!

☆★CASSETTE PLAYA (Carri Munden)★☆
www.cassetteplaya.com

For more information on Vanity Presents events at Le Baron, see www.vanity.to.



10.01.11




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lesbian wedding

I recently attended a wonderfully heartwarming lesbian wedding in Tokyo, so I thought I’d share a little bit about the event with you.

Readers already familiar with Japanese online lesbian resources probably already know the very popular lesbian blog “Jojoen”, written with great humor and intelligence by a blogger named Bianca. Well, Bianca was kind enough to invite me to her wedding where she and her very handsome girlfriend of 10 years officially tied the knot! Naturally, I was ecstatic to attend. Congratulations to the happy couple!!!

To tell you the truth, this was the first wedding I had ever attended--except for when I was a child. Personally, I always felt that the convention dictating men and women have to get married at a certain age (in Japan especially) is quite boring. For this reason, I just somehow ended up boycotting acquaintances’ weddings as a kind of policy of mine.

Therefore, it was very significant to me that the first wedding I ever attended was a lesbian wedding. Although same-sex marriage is not recognized by Japanese law, the ceremony was still celebrated as a big event. Many Japanese lesbians and lesbian couples attended, in addition to Bianca’s mother and work colleagues. While weddings aren’t exactly my cup of tea, I was extremely touched by the gathering. I felt like our gathering stood as evidence that, even though the government may not recognize same-sex partnerships yet, there is a world of loving people who will marry anyway--and more and more people who recognize and celebrate those marriages. Seeing this message play out before me was as empowering as listening to a Harvey Milk speech.


lesbian wedding
※As a wedding gift, I presented the newly married couple with Femme and
Dyke briefs from Rigged OUT/fitters, a popular item on the TW online shop.
Perfect for the happy couple!



lesbian wedding
※Celebrating the joy of the two loving brides.

At the wedding, I was struck by how absurd it is that two people so in love can be denied the right to exchange vows, even though it hurts no one. Seeing the ceremony was just more convincing than any words.

I was so happy to be able to attend this wedding. And I look forward to seeing many more queer weddings in Japan and hope that one day, in the not too distant future, the government will recognize our unions.


lesbian wedding

★Read blog "Jojoen" at: http://jyojyoen.seesaa.net (Japanese).



10.01.09




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Patrick Wolf
※Singer-songwriter Partick Wolf

TW editor Yuki Keiser went to interview out bisexual UK artist Patrick Wolf, whose latest album, The Bachelor, has just hit stores in Japan.

A fashion mastermind who crafts his own wardrobe, Wolf also admits to knowing how to make an entrance--by always greeting the press in different carefully-selected costumes. When Tokyo Wrestling caught up with him, he was gorgeously dressed in the same stylish 80s look he had worn for his concert at the British Anthems Live Shows 2009.

Not only does Patrick possess a charming smile and handsome good looks, but we were instantly caught by the spell of his friendly and open manner. Time just seemed to fly by as we chatted with this artist of unmatched talent and easy-going personality.
 
In our interview, Patrick shares stories of his current relationship with his boyfriend and so much more. He also has a special video message for TW readers. We’ll be posting later in the Articles section, so don’t miss it!

The Bachelor/Patrick Wolf/パトリック・ウルフ

●Artist Patrick Wolf
●Album: The Bachelor
●2,490 yen (Incl. tax)
●Label: Bloody Chamber Music / Bandstocks / Hostess
www.myspace.com/officialpatrickwolf




10.01.02




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