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Elise Hu. One Tokyo ward, or neighborhood, has recognized same-sex marriages, becoming the first place in Japan — or anywhere in East Asia — to do so. They were proud to tie the knot and be part of a milestone in Japan and East Asia, a region where same-sex partnerships have never previously been recognized. While same-sex marriage has become increasingly common in the U. There are signs of change in some parts of Asia. New Zealand legalized same-sex marriage in and Australia recognizes civil unions.
Now he runs a bar there, and has fought to keep the district going during the coronavirus pandemic. Ni-chome, believed the most dense concentration of gay bars globally, fulfills a vital role for Japan's LGBT community in a nation where some gay men still marry women, and even a few Ni-chome bar owners haven't come out to their families. In April, under Japan's state of emergency, it became a ghost town.
Koyuki Higashi and her partner of one and a half years tied the knot in front of 30 well-wishers on Friday, but much more of the country was in on the celebration, the first same-sex wedding at the theme park here. Higashi, a stage actress turned gay rights activist, and her partner, Hiroko, who has not revealed her full name, posted frequent social media updates of their wedding plans and from their Christian-style ceremony, with a romantic gondola ride. Even Mickey and Minnie are here to celebrate with us! Higashi, 28, wrote in a Twitter post that also had a picture of the newlyweds posing with the big-eared Disney characters and a flower-festooned cake.