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.
(original photo courtesy of @mom1615 via Twitter)
[ x-posted to Queer As Cat ]
…it’s that time of year again. it’s time for Tokyo Rainbow Pride!
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！
(photos from Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2016)
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!
at long last Ace Spec Japan will be having its next meetup!
apologies for the late notice, but if you’re interested in joining us, please contact Vesper for more information.
date: Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2016
time: 11:00am ~
place: Kaihin Makuhari, Chiba (contact us for more information)
the meetup will be happening at the same time as Tokyo Game Show, so some of our members will be attending that during all or part of the day. that said, those who do go to TGS are still welcome to join us afterwards if the meetup is still ongoing. again, contact Vesper to see what’s what!
the rest of us will enjoy a relaxing day at the beach / cafe / malls– whatever the weather allows and we happen to feel like doing at the time.
A few members of our group met up and walked in the Pride Parade! Here’s some stuff from ace spec people at pride:
Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2016 by QueerAsCat
Nijiro Komachi (sells LGBT goods including asexual pride flags and jewelery)
Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2016 video by Ramen Quest
Pictures of our group in the parade
Hope to see you next time!
Since we sometimes see asexuals in Japan roaming the internet trying to find others to communicate with, we decided to make a website to help people find our LINE group. We hope you’ll join us!