Culture Bubble

By Ayaka Hanazono

Japan has been a predominantly male society for a long time, and that automatically makes us think Japanese men are masculine.

They must be strong and sometimes arrogant, expressing their superiority over children and women. These were once considered good characteristics for Japanese men to have.

Strength has been one appealing point to women; however, it is no longer the best part of what makes men good. In recent years, some Japanese women started to find “delicateness” or “sexlessness” the new “hotness.”

The men who are responding to their women’s need are called “herbivorous boys” (soushoku-kei danshi in Japanese). They are not strong, but sensitive. They aren’t arrogant, but moderate, and that gives women a sense of neutrality and comfort.

Some Japanese women are stronger and less feminine comparing to traditional ones who are quiet, obedient, and in need of men to protect them. The modern Japanese society is now in the transition of a power balance between men and women, which became an overlapping character between traditional men and new women.

The attractiveness of men has sifted after the Otaku culture became popular; Otaku boys have obsessive interests, particularly anime, video games or electronics.

They are not only shy, but also they have a genuine mind like a kid. Many women find these fragile men cute, adorable, and also safe.

Many more Japanese women are willing to enter the men’s world and play on a level playing field with men.

And that effort has been paid off; Japanese women today are getting more powerful financially and mentally.

These women are not looking for someone who could protect them and lead their lives, but who could listen, understand, and walk beside them.

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