- 21 May 2003
These terms from the 70's still used in Japan today ???
Those terms are post-WWII terms that have long been dead since your days in Japan, Frank.These terms from the 70's still used in Japan today ???
Recently while in Japan I watched a TV show about transvestites and drag queens who would go into a clinic to get vitiman B12 shots to give them more "energy". (The TV show was more about showing their naked butts). In that show they were called "New Hafu" meaning, I guess, half woman/half man.epigene said:I'm pretty sure there are many slang terms in Japanese to describe them, but male homosexuals are collectively called "gay" (in Japanese) and drag queens, especially older ones, called "o-nee" (from onee-san meaning elder sister).
LOL MM! Thanks for your explaination and it does seem to make sense especially in the way the Japanese use English words.Mars Man said:As far as I know, 'new half' refers to those who have added 'female' breasts to make a kind of upper half female-like look, with the lower half being male as usual. This medical procedure is fairly new, and having it done as commonly as it is, is fairly new, so. . . new.
It's not going the whole transvestite 10 yards.
I recall that last year, or so, in one of these 'muscle man' physical-strength-testing obsticle course races on TV, one 'new half' competed. Unlike almost all the others, he wore more of a bra-like top. He looked a bit, well, gross? is the right word? Not femine at all, except for the breasts. Oh...well,...that's new halves for you, 窶堋ｩ窶堙遺?塲ｸ. . . ?