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In this gender reader: the gendered politics of skin-whitening creams; public bathing; bad reporting on the “sex strike”; Facebook genders; and more–and I even think we can get through this without a discussion of giri-choco!

Chanel's Le Blanc (ルブラン) skin-whitening cream. Image via Chanel Japan.

Chanel’s Le Blanc (ルブラン) skin-whitening cream. Image via Chanel Japan.

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Pre-holiday rush and year-end sexism burnout got you down? Let’s bring in some warm fuzzy feelings with an adorable mascot. We’ve got to take a cute break before continuing on our fun-ruining rampage through pop culture, right? All sarcasm aside, let me introduce you to my favorite Ishikawa mascot, Wakutama-kun, the soft-boiled onsen egg (温泉卵) of Wakura Onsen (和倉温泉).

 

Image from Wakura Onsen's website.

Image from Wakura Onsen‘s website.

 

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One of Nagano prefecture’s famous tourist sites is Jigokudani, a natural hot-spring area where the snow monkeys like to bathe. Although I’ve been to Nagano before in the winter with quite a lot of snow on the ground, there was a warm front in mid-March that melted most of the snow for which the area is famous. Luckily for us, the monkeys seemed undeterred by the unseasonable weather.

3月中旬に長野県の有名がある地獄谷地獄谷野猿公苑にもう一度見に行きました。その時、驚いたほど天候が春のように温かくなりました。だが、ニホンザル達はもう温泉を楽しみたがっているそうだって良かったです。

Jigokudani Monkey Park @The Lobster Dance

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