For the 23rd episode of Private Parts Unknown, your hosts Courtney Kocak & Sofiya Alexandra, welcome cultural translator Chris Wells for the 2nd episode from our Tokyo, Japan series.
Chris (@chriswellstokyo) has lived in Japan for over 25 years. He's a founding member of the Tokyo Comedy Store, he co-owns Japan's first improv studio dedicated to long-form improv & method acting along with his husband Jun & he's the voice of the JR train (!!!).
We dig into the evolution of gay acceptance in Japan, what it's like to be gay in Japan as a foreigner vs. as Japanese person, "gay marriage light" (aka relationship registration with no legal rights), the kind of 50s-style workplace sexism that results in "famous working mothers" & how their shame-based culture works differently than our guilt-based one.
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