2000, Akiyoshi, Japan
Do you knowthe story of Izanagi and Izanami, from the Kojiki?
If so, what is it?
know well enough but because he was doing ecomikera, which is
traditional, is dancing, Japanese dancing for the drums. And then
that's based on the story about Izanagi and Izanami so he just
know about their... ah then he remembers that Izanagi started
the country, Japanese country. That's all about he knows.
visited the Mara Kannon Shrine at Tawarayama?
your understandingof the purpose of this shrine?
He really doesn't know the purpose but he just thought interesting
because of the statue.
know if many people visit such a place?
He thinks a lot of visitor just sight-seeing and they visit that
place (BH - "not so much local people"), he believes maybe just
sight seeing visitor, tourist, he thinks that's a western tourists
shrine very traditional?
He doesn't know but it looks like old, but he doesn't know really
know of any other Shrine's to the phallus or male?
No he doesn't know anywhere else
visited the Chichi Kannon Shrine in Hofu City?
He's never been there
know what is the purpose of this shrine?
He doesn't know
know if many people visit such a place?
Is this shrine very traditional?
know of any other shrine's to the breast or woman?
He doesn't know anywhere,he hasn't heard anything
visit either of these places to pray?
He doesn't go to pray, because he went once just becuse he was
interested in seeing it, but he wouldn't go to pray
know of any fertility rituals in Japan apart from visiting the
shrines mentioned above? (traditional or contemporary)
(AL - Not onlyshrine is it? anything is okay) He's from Mutsumivillage,
Yamaguchi Prefercure, and in that area there are some palm trees,there
are male tress and female trees, and that particular area has
got male and female trees all togther and then somebody put big
rope around the trees and the people can go to visit just to pray
for fertility ritual and so he has been a couple of times to pray
anycommon symbols or objects representing man and woman in Japan?
He thinks that just as he mentioned that trees, he thinks it's
the symbol for men andwomen.
red rice was traditionally placed outside the home when a daughter
first menstruated. What
rituals do you know of (traditional or contemporary) which mark
such transitions to adulthood for boys and girls?
So he's a man so he hasn't done such a red rice things, but he
cannot think about any other things right now. (BH- But I think
this is quite an old aswell isn't it, the red rice) (AL - but
I did, or not I did my mother did, but I don't know about now
whatever, but my generation)
Is there any age of consent in Japan?
He doesn't know about the law really but he thinks maybe the highschool
students they canbe allowed to have sex, he thinks.
when are men and women classed as sexually adult?
He thinks the 20 years old, we have adult day, we have a national
is an age of consent, is this different in a heterosexual or homosexual
He just feels like girls are more quickly to be adult, but he
doesn't think the particular age.
children receive sex eduation at school?
Yes, they do
does this cover just reproduction or other aspects of sexual activity?
At his childhood he didn't have such an education really. When
he was a junior high school student he had education but at that
time more like scientific, so they were told just as things happened
and they make a baby. When he was a highschool the girls and boys
were seprarted and then just a boys and a girls class and then
they were told how the can avoid to be pregnant, such a thing
where and how do they typically receive this?
From magazines."Goro", the title of the magazines name, Playboy,
Heibo Punch, so such magazines he learnt or other people learnt
any myths told to Japanese children about 'where babies come from'?
Yes there is.The bird which has got the big beak, 'Stork" and
the beak has got what looks like a bag. That's what's going to
carry the baby.
that in the Edo period it was normal for a bride to be given sexually
instructional (Shunga) scrolls as part of her wedding gifts. Does
this tradition continue today in any similar way?
He doesn't think so, that the similar way doesn't exist nowadays
Is homosexuality and lesbianism accepted in Japan? He personallly
doesn't accept it. He thinks lessies are better, he doesn't want
to - has an aversion to homosexuals
before marriage accepted in Japan?
So nowadays yes it's accepted he thinks (BH but he thinks it wasn't
before) So just he thinks just recently it's started to be accepted
but before it wasn't accepted.
Is it common
for men and women to have a number of sexual partners?
He said he is married so he personally doesn't have a number of
sexual partners. (BH I mean more throughout the life not necessarily
at the same time) He yes before he got married, he said not more
any laws which prevent certain sexual activities?
He thinks there isn't
discussed in Japan?
He thinks that in the Junior High school or high school students
they may discuss such a thing, but personally he desn't talk about
What is the attitude to Shunga in Japan?
Shunga is, that was an old age, but now its changed into photography
the picture, so he cannot think about the attitude to the shunga
10 years ago they're not allowed to show the hair of the naked
body in photography, but nowadays they're allowed so become more
open to the public
your attitude to pornography?
He's a photographer himself that's why he thinks pornography's
more like art, to show the beauty of the female's body, so he
thinks more to take a picture of the naked woman's body is more
art. He's going to have an exhibition of his work and then he
wants to do the naked body pictures but that is art, he believes
more perverted picture and then art of the woman's body is completely
What are lovehotels?
He' never been there. (BH Has he heard what they are?) The place
to have sex (BH This is with people you are in a relationship
with, normally - AL Boyfriend and girlfriend) And also maybe love
affair, and such a secretly relationships they go there as well
he thinks (BH But not like a brothel, for prostitutes) He thinks
it can be used for that aswell, but he thinks in the countryside
they're not using prostitutes, just boyfriend girlfriend relationships,
they use that
Is it common
for people to use these?
He himself not (BH - Would it be any people he knows) He hasn't
heard so many stories about this
of all ages use Love Hotels?
He thinks large range of ages people using
On a wedding night are there any rituals which signify the man
and woman's first night together as husband and wife?
He himself lived,or was with his girlfriend (or wife) before they
got married so the first night is not that different day, a particular
day, but they stayed at the hotel at which they had the wedding,
that one night they stayed at the hotel
the average age for men and women to marry in Japan (if there
is such a thing)?
He doesn't know even trying to think in general, he himself was
24 when he got married and his wife aswell was 24
and women have equal responsibility for bringing up children?
He thinks there are some equal reponsibility, each can be equal
Is it unusual
for a man and woman to marry and not to have children?
He knows some people who hasn't got children but he doesn't know
the reason why, can be they don't want to or they can't. But he
himself has got children, because he thinks if himself and his
wife can be difficult to last long so having children is nicer
to have family
many single mothers in Japan?
He knows quite a lot of people, 3 or 4 mothers, single mothers
(BH- and also in Japanese you say 'single mother') (AL yes recently
has become more of a Japanese word)
He knows quite a lot of people who are divorced
men and women viewed any differently to married people?
He himself doesn't see any difference. He knows some single mothers
who have got children aswell and then they're working so hard
and doing so well so he doesn't think any differences
What characteristics make a Japanese woman beautiful?
He thinks the skin of the womans body and the, how soft (BH Is
there any behaviour?) He just thought first the indian people
when they're dancing, he thinks that's beautiful, like any country
has got their own traditional way and he thinks even Japanese
woman if they get used to wearing a kimono their attitudes and
behaviour he thinks beautiful (BH - Quite traditional attitutudes?)
(AL - Yes)
make a Japanese man handsome?
He himself he doesn't think handsome, so he doesn't think about
any...he thinks not the face, the figure, he think more how much
the person can be dependable or you can rely on the person. He
thinks if the man says from the man's view, if they say he is
handsome that it's more true than if the woman says. (BH - Why
is it more true if the man says?) Sometime when the woman says
the person is so handsome, he cannot aggree so that's why, that
sort of thing has happened a lot and that's why he thinks. He's
know what these characteristics were at any previous times in
Japanese history,particularly the Edo period?
He said he didn't live in Edo period so he really cannot think
Age - 38, 4 children
BH = Beverley
Hood (Interviewer), AL = Akemi Lucas (Translator)