…and then it 終わっちゃった。

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with Golden Week and this year’s Tokyo Rainbow Pride having now come to an end, a huge otsukaresama deshita to everyone who attended / participated! and a sincere thank you to everyone who came out and walked in the parade with us and / or joined in on the meetup(s) this past weekend. Pride wouldn’t have been as awesome as it was without you . 🙂

this past Saturday, Nijiiro Gakkou (ie. “Nijikou”, a local NPO) hosted its biggest meetup yet as a part of Pride Week events– a week of community events in and around the Greater Tokyo area leading up to the Tokyo Rainbow Pride Festival and Parade. around 80 people attended who identified as ace, on the ace spectrum and / or questioning and Queenie and i had the pleasure of being ‘special guests’, talking about “the state of asexuality outside of Japan” (or rather, more specifically “in America”). was great to see so many people brought together to talk about asexuality and to meetup with fellow aces– many of who did so for the first time at this event. it was also great for me personally to meet people whom i hadn’t seen since last Pride, if that.

the following day (yesterday) was the climax of Pride with the Pride Parade as its highlight— Ayumi Hamasaki’s live performance aside– and it was a blast! the Festival itself was noticeably bigger this year than last year, which was reflected in every aspect of Pride this year, including the Parade which had more floats and sponsors than ever before.

Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2018: Ace Rep 001

this year, as last year, Ace Spec Japan walked with Nijikou, whose theme for this year’s float was  「Asexual Pride 〜恋は自由ー」 or “Asexual Pride ~Love is Free” and wow, did they go all out! they handmade enough ace flags– big and small– for every person walking with them to have a flag to hold and even had extra to give away to people on the streets. if you want to see glimpses of ~30 ace flags flying through the streets of Harajuku / Shibuya, be sure to check my personal blog for more photos, coming soon.

afterwards, some enjoyed the Festival, others enjoyed some much needed R&R at a picnic hosted by Stonewall Japan (who also handmade ace and demi flags, among others, and walked in the parade) i herded cats came across random ace after random ace thanks to having a big flag myself and random Nijikou flags and ace pins running around in the wild.

i feel like i end up saying something to this effect every year after TRP, but increased ace visibility even just thanks to merch being for sale or given away at Pride makes so much of a difference. ❤

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eventually us cats we all came back together and had a great meetup at our seemingly-“usual”-by-now pizza place, followed by obligatory cupcakes.

i don’t know about anyone else, but i had a great time this year…! all the while, more than happy to slip into a post-Pride hibernation until the next meetup. that is, once i’ve pump out the photos…

otsukare and thanks again, everyone.

ー Vesper

[ cross-posted to Queer As Cat ]

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🌈2018 Tokyo Pride Festival / Parade / Meetup

it’s that time of the year again….!
time for all hell to bre– errr…

time to dust off your pride gear and meetup in Tokyo for some good ol’ Fun Times™… and stuff!

to find out more about Tokyo Rainbow Pride in general see the official TRP website: https://tokyorainbowpride.com

※ PARADE

Date: May 6th, 2018 (Sun)
Lineup Time: 11:00~
Start Time: 12:00 ~
for more detailed information regarding when and where we will meet ahead of the parade, please contact Vesper in advance.

※ POST-PARADE MEETUP:

Date: May 6th, 2018
Time: 16:00 ~
Initial Meetup Spot: contact Vesper for more information
Destination: TBD, but it will involve food goddamnit
i know this is shoddy, halfassed information to go on and i apologize for dragging my feet in organizing this, but for those who’d like to meet other aces but cant or would rather not go to Pride itself and / or walk in the parade, here’s your chance!
for more detailed information, please contact Vesper.
looking forward to seeing those of you who can make it! if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

2018 Spring Meetup in Yokohama

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Date: Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Time:  11:00am ~

Place: Yokohama (contact Vesper for more information)

it’s been a while since our last meetup and with this year’s Tokyo Pride quickly approaching and spring right around the corner, it’s time for a meetup! changing up the scenery a bit, this meetup will be held in Yokohama– Japan’s second largest city, just 35 minutes from Shibuya.
yokohama-minatomirai02at the moment, what we’ll do hasn’t been decided, so suggestions and / or requests are more than welcome. however, rest assured that regardless of what we do, good food will be had, as well as sightseeing around Yokohama’s famous Minato Mirai, Chinatown and Red Brick Warehouses— guided by yours truly. 😉
i’ll solidify plans as we get closer to the date, so if anyone has requests, suggestions or otherwise, please let me know– the sooner the better! i’m going to try to reserve a spot at a restaurant / cafe for lunch, so please contact Vesper for more information and / or to RSVP by April 1st.
looking forward to seeing anyone who can make it. 🙂

…annnd that’s a wrap!

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to everyone who made it out to Tokyo Rainbow Pride today and metup with us (many of whom aren’t photoed above), otsukaresama deshita! it was great to see you all and i hope everyone had as great a time as i did.

without going into a long-winded spiel because i’m exhausted (and might do it later), today was the highlight of Pride: the parade through Shibuya / Harajuku. imho, it’s safe to say that this year’s parade was the best yet in terms of asexual representation and visibility. not only that, there was also more non-binary, genderqueer and pansexual representation and visibility than in years past thanks largely in part to the NPO にじいろ学校  (formally にじいろ小町) whose group and float Ace Spec Japan walked with this year.

more information and a lot more photos will be posted hopefully within the next week, so stay tuned.

–  Vesper

IMG_20170507_211656-02(original photo courtesy of @mom1615 via Twitter)

[ x-posted to Queer As Cat ]

🌈Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2017: Parade & Ace Meetup

…it’s that time of year again. it’s time for Tokyo Rainbow Pride!

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since 2014 myself and other aces in Japan (now known as Ace Spec Japan) have come together during Golden Week to raise awareness of asexuality by walking in the annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade, followed by a casual meetup elsewhere in Tokyo. this year will be as awesome as ever and anyone interested in joining us– or even just stopping by to say ‘hi’– is welcome! walking in the parade is optional, of course.

date: Sunday, May 7th, 2017
time: [parade] 10:30 ~ 14:00? (parade itself sets off at 12:00)
——- [meetup] 16:00 ~ ???
location:  contact Vesper for details

even if you can’t make the above times, contact me and i’ll help you find us. i’ll also be around for the Festa on May 6th (Saturday) if anyone wants to meetup then. either way, ハッピープライド!

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(photos from Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2016)

– Vesper

[ x-posted to Queer As Cat ]

otsukaresama deshita!

had a great time at the ace meetup today. there was a great turn out and it was nice to see some new faces. it’s amazing to see how much the group has grown in 3 years, especially since it’s mostly happened via word of mouth and Tumblr. personally, i always enjoy the stimulating conversations (and rant sessions) that are much harder to have with most Japanese people for various reasons….

looking forward to the next meetup! although at this point, i’m not sure when that’ll be. hoping that i’ll be able to visit the Kansai area sooner than later and organize a meetup down there as well because it feels rather… unfair? that all the meetups and such have thus far only be held in Kanto, which is out of reach for some.

either way, i look forward to seeing you all next time!

– Vesper