The transgender world in contemporary Japan: the male to female cross‐dressers’ community in Shinjuku

  title={The transgender world in contemporary Japan: the male to female cross‐dressers’ community in Shinjuku},
  author={Junko Mitsuhashi and Kazumi Hasegawa},
  journal={Inter-Asia Cultural Studies},
  pages={202 - 227}
Abstract This paper not only gives an overview of the transgender word in contemporary Japan but also attempts to illustrate the male to female cross‐dressing (MTFCD) community in Shinjuku, Tokyo, which plays an important role in the overall transgender world and how people in the community think and live, by conducting comprehensive fieldwork. The MTFCD community consists of amateur cross‐dressers and their patrons, and it is formed around about ten bars/clubs in Shinjuku. This community… 
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