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Mark McLelland, Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, 2005, 249p.


This book offers an introduction to some of the individuals, communities and cultures that have emerged in the postwar period within the context of what in Japanese is frequently referred to as kono sekai. The term means "this world," and it has been used since at least the end of the Second World War to refer to a wide variety of sexual subcultures. "How did you discover this world?" or "How long have you been on this path?" are questions frequently heard even today in Japan's gay, lesbian and transgender bars, in magazine and documentary interviews with members of sexual minorities and on sex-related sites on the Internet. The term can be used broadly to refer to a wide variety of non-heterosexual and gender-variant practices and identities and, depending on the context, could cover gay men, lesbians and transgender individuals; it can also be used more specifically to refer to one subculture-for instance, male cross-dressers.