Monthly Archives: January 2012

Notes on Plum and Willow in Bashō and Moronobu

Notes on Plum and Willow in Bashō and Moronobu

The idea of bishōnen (beautiful boy) as object of erotic desire has been present since at least the beginnings of the Japanese language. The poetic anthology Kokinshū (c. 905), which some consider the first authentically Japanese-language literary work, the war tale Heike monogatari (c. 13 century), chigo (acolyte) scrolls, and many other works from early…

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Welcome to Yaoi Research

What is yaoi research, anyway? Technically, yaoi research is research about Japanese male/male romantic and/or erotic manga, colloquially known in the West as yaoi or boys’ love, and in Japan as ビーエル (BL). These genres are most commonly written by women for a primarily female audience. However, in this blog we will be extending the…

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