By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

February 3, 2021

Advanced Japanese Culture

The trend today in some of the woke states is to provide unisex (gender neutral) restrooms. California enacted it’s unisex restroom law in 2016.

When I first came to Japan in 1980, most of the restrooms in train stations and companies were unisex. I still recall my surprise at standing at a urinal and having women pass behind me to the stalls located deeper in the restroom facility at Tennoji Station.

Japan was already far ahead of the West in those days, but as the Japanese began to emulate Western culture, the unisex restrooms disappeared in favor of the segregated restrooms favored by Americans and Europeans.

As in many other cases the love of foreign culture caused Japan to revise its own, only to find that they had the more advanced system first!

先進日本文化

アメリカの左派州には男女共用のトイレが法律で義務付けている。カリフォルニア州は2016年に男女共用のトイレ法律を執行した。

1980年の来日の際、会社や駅の殆どのトイレは男女共用だった。国鉄天王寺駅の小便器の前に立っている時に後ろに女性が次々通って行くことに驚いた!

その頃、日本ははるかに西洋よりも進んでいたが、その後日本人はアメリカやヨーロッパの文化を真似し出して男女共用のトイレを男女別のものに変更した。

数多くの他の例と同じく、日本人の外国憧れに振り回されて自分の優れた文化を変えるようにした。しかし、ふたを開けてみたら、結局日本の習慣は外国より先取っていた!

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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