2010年9月30日木曜日

My mom is a "new half"

New half is a word coined by the Japanese which means transgenders -- specifically biologically male transgenders. Some new half have taken surgery to convert their body anatomically but not all do so. I am not 100% confident about the definition but I think new half is different from cross dressers or transvestites, I think. New half is those who were born as boys but want to become a woman and that's why they dress like women.

When watching Japanese TV online, I came across a drama about new half which is titled "My mom is a new half." This drama was broadcast last year according to Wikipedia.





The main character played by Noboru Kaneko is an elite business person but he has a side job as a new half dancer at a gay bar at nights.

This is Noboru Kaneko.


This is him on drag.

Like in the U.S., it has become almost a rite of passage for male actors to play transvestite/trans-gender roles in their career. But am I the only one who's tired of this trend? I want to see more gay drama both in Japanese and American movies and television drama. I have craving for a story about a man who looks like a man who falls in love with another man. Somehow Japanese audience (and maybe U.S. audience) find a trans-gender character more fascinating and understand him better than a gay character?

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 Born and raised in Japan, I decided to immigrate to the U.S. to pursue a more liberated gay life. I am mostly writing about gay-related news and gossip about male celebrities, LGBT issues in general, and sometimes personal bromance. Most of my posts are in Japanese, but I sometimes introduce Japanese television programs and gay-related cultural stuff in English. Feel free to leave comments in my blog. ;)