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Chapter Two / Page Seventeen

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Wow, Akio, way to be rude.

K-cho March 21st, 2012, 1:03 am

Note on terminology, and a little optional historical background:

"Nanshoku" (男色) doesn't really translate as nicely into English imho (a literal translation would be something like "male colors"), so I went with the Japanese word, unlike the previous page. It's another older term for homosexuality.

Male-male relationships were pretty common under certain circumstances in Japan for a long time, and then around the mid-1800's, when Japan suddenly became a lot more influenced by the West, there was an effort to put an end to it.

(As always, I do my best to fact-check, but if anything strikes anybody as wildly anachronistic, please mention it! :))

And this makes 80 pages!!! Getting pretty close to 100...

Update: I just made a really tl;dr post on my understanding of the history of homosexuality in Japan on tumblr, in case anyone is interested. xDD

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Mechanicalpenguin December 17th, 2012, 9:51 pm

Young men who were beautiful were very popular with older men in ancient Japan. Every society had their 'man-loving' moments. And they all hide those facts now. ;)

Don't get me started on the Heian period!

One fun thing. The ancient greek warriors had a female and male lover. The male lovers will be sent to war and fight in the front lines with their warrior lovers. So the warriors would fight harder to save them.

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K-cho January 5th, 2013, 1:50 pm

@Mechanicalpenguin: Haha, yes, all that stuff is very interesting!

Thank you for reading btw. :)