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Kakuhidō declares war on Valentine’s Day in Japan (again)

As reliable as the queues eagerly lining up to buy chocolates in Tokyo’s department stores, so it comes every year: the protest march by Kakumeiteki Himote Dōmei (Revolutionary League of Men Unpopular with Women), shortened to Kakuhidō, against the tyranny … Continue reading

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Ultra-nationalist anger at security bills protests manifests as “cute” moe character

As I wrote earlier this year, there is a mini online community in Japan that exists seemingly solely to revel in the subculture of Japanese New Left moe (moé). Users like @honoka51934835, @gabageba07, @samusamu1002 @negi1919 fill their Twitter feeds with … Continue reading

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Kakuhidō: Self-proclaimed “unpopular” Japanese men perform New Left activism as pastiche

Two prominent English-language blogs about Japan recently picked up on an unusual activist group called Kakuhidō. Despite ostensibly focusing on, respectively, design and Japanese tabloids, both Spoon Tamago and Tokyo Reporter ran near identical stories about Kakumeiteki Himote Dōmei, shortened … Continue reading

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Katsudōka cosplay at Comiket 86

While browsing images of the cosplay at the biannual Comiket event in Tokyo last weekend, I came across something rather curious. Among the usual suspects of scantily-clad girls and iconic characters from the worlds of anime and manga, a solitary … Continue reading

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