Coming Out! [in Japanese]. Michiru Sasano.

Coming Out! [in Japanese]

Tokyo: Gento-sha, 1995. Hardcover. 157p., text in Japanese, very good first edition, boards in mildly edgeworn unclipped dj with author's partly nude photo, quite uncommon.

Sasano was a musician active in the late eighties and early nineties as the vocalist of a band called "Tokyo shonen" (Tokyo Boy). She launched a solo career in the 1990s, releasing two albums. With this book, she came out as a lesbian, and the tone of the book’s epigraph indicates the momentousness of that decision at this point in Japanese history: "I, Sasano Michiru, with this book hereby come out as a lesbian." After the book, she released an album called "Girl Meets Girl." Today, she continues to perform music as part of the "Kyoto Chonaikai Band." The book includes her musings about love, her relations with women, how lesbian relations differ from straight relations, and how she discovered her sexuality in an all-girl’s junior high school. Also discusses the author’s experience trying to establish herself as a musician, including the pressures on her at the time to reform her Kyoto accent into standard Tokyo Japanese. Ends with a section of dialog between Sasano Michiru and one of the other nationally prominent lesbians in the 1990s, Kakefuda Hiroko, in which the two discuss being lesbian in Japan and compare it to New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Cat.No: 152332
ISBN: 4877280677

Price: $35.00