The double-faced mask: Homosexuality in Japan

Client Lubricating a Prostitute, late 18th century print (© Kitagawa Utamaro)

Homosexuality was quite common among the samurai, the military class in feudal Japan, and there are many literary works, dating back several centuries, which deal with love between men. But, as Eric Beauchemin reports, Japanese society is now far less accepting of homosexuality, and gays and lesbians are struggling to have their rights recognised.

Producer: Eric Beauchemin

Broadcast: December 15, 1996